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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.
  • use the park or picnic areas outside of opening hours
  • undertake any dangerous activities including
    abseiling, paraflying, shooting and archery.

 

Please not that visitors are not permitted on the land surrounding reservoir. For more infomation see Merrimu Reservoir prohibited areas

On the water:

Merrimu Reservoir is a closed catchment and reservoir. All water activities are prohibited.

Fires prohibited As part of its commitment to adopting the best enviromental practices, SRW prohibits fires at all of its recreational areas AT ALL TIMES

More information
For more information contact us on 1300 139 510 or visit www.srw.com.au

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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.

Location

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

Merrimu Reservoir visitors guide

Southern Rural Water (SRW) needs to manage our dams and catchments carefully to maintain a high quality supply of water. We encourage all visitors to work with us to minimise any impact to Merrimu Reservoir and its surrounds, and to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time here.

In the park and picnic areas:

Do:
use the park and picnic areas only between 8.30am to 4.30 pm
consider others and keep noise to a minimum
keep the picnic areas and BBQs clean
take your rubbish home
use the toilet facilities provided
keep within the speed limits
obey all signs and notices
keep dogs on leads
protect all native animals and plants
comply with the directions of SRW officers & security personnel

Don’t:
use the park or picnic areas outside of opening hours
drive or ride motorbikes around the reservoir or in fenced areas
enter prohibited areas
vandalise the facilities
ride or walk horses anywhere on site
camp overnight on site
undertake any dangerous activities including
abseiling, paraflying, shooting and archery.

On the water:

Merrimu Reservoir is a closed catchment and reservoir. All water activities are prohibited.

Fires prohibited As part of its commitment to adopting the best enviromental practices, SRW prohibits fires at all of its recreational areas AT ALL TIMES

More information
For more information contact us on 1300 139 510 or visit www.srw.com.au

Download Factsheet

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.