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:
Suspected BGA Bloom
Southern Rural Water is warning Macalister Irrigation District residents to be aware that there may be Blue Green Algae (BGA) outbreaks in local drains.
"Warm weather, still conditions and less fresh water flow means that conditions are suitable for natural algae outbreaks," said Manager Sustainability, Craig Smith.
"We urge anyone who sees water with algal blooms to avoid contact, and not use it for any domestic purpose, including drinking water for stock or people."
Irrigators who use the drains are encouraged to take extra care to avoid spray drift and inhaling contaminated water.
- call our BGA info line on 1300 781 806 for a recorded message about current blooms, or
- contact us on 1300 139 510
Brochures and Maps
Things to Note
- You must take your litter home with you
- Camping, firearms and horses are not permitted
- Dogs must be on leads at all times.
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