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Merrimu Reservoir

Recreational facilities open

Visitors are reminded to practice good hygiene, and follow current rules for physical distancing and maximum group sizes.

For the latest information on the current restrictions on the Victorian Government website.


Merrimu Reservoir, located west of Melbourne near Bacchus Marsh, is a quiet recreational area offering picnic facilities.

The reservoir provides drinking water to local towns and irrigation water to the Werribee Irrigation District. Water levels can vary throughout the year.

Hours of operation

The Merrimu recreational area is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily.

Facilities and what to do

Merrimu Reservoir is a great place for a picnic.

Facilities at the recreation area include:

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Not permitted

While visiting our facilities you are not permitted to:

  • camp or stay overnight
  • have fires or fire pits
  • leave rubbish - all our sites are carry in carry out zones
  • reserve any picnic areas
  • drive or ride motorbikes along the shoreline or in fenced areas
  • enter prohibited areas
  • vandalise the facilities
  • hunt, carry or discharge a firearm
  • ride or walk horses anywhere, including in the water.

Request to hold events

From time to time, people wish to hold events at our recreational facilities including festivals, birthday parties and weddings. We cannot close our recreational facilities for private events and you cannot book sites. 

You must have permission to hold any organised entertainment, rally, boating event or regatta, festival, public meeting, training class or demonstration, wedding or similar ceremony, or private functions for 30 or more people.

Please email us with your request in writing.


Merrimu Reservoir is located on Pyrites Creek, a tributary of the Werribee River, 10kms north-east of Bacchus Marsh and approximately 50kms from Melbourne – VicRoads Reference Map 328 J6

Southern Rural Water acknowledges and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waters on which we work and live, and we respect their deep and ongoing connection to Country. For more about the First Nations peoples on whose Country we work, click here.