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Merrimu Reservoir

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 recreation facilities you are not permitted to:

  • have fires or fire pits
  • leave rubbish - all our site are carry in carry out zones
  • reserve any picnic areas
  • drive or ride motorbikes along the shoreline our in fenced areas
  • enter prohibited areas
  • vandalise the facilities
  • hunt, carry or discharge a firearm
  • ride or walk horses anywhere, including in the water
  • camp overnight (unless sign posted as designated RV area).

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 or our recreational facilities for private events and you can not 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 to 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

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