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Pykes Creek 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.

 

Public notice

Pykes Creek Reservoir is currently open for all water recreational use.

Pykes Creek Reservoir background and location

Pykes Creek Reservoir, located west of Melbourne near Ballan, is a very popular recreational area offering opportunities for boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming and picnicking.

The reservoir primarily provides water for farmers in the Bacchus Marsh and Werribee Irrigation Districts. This means that the water levels can vary.

Pykes Creek Reservoir is located on a tributary of the Werribee River, 72 km west of Melbourne on the Western Highway – VicRoads Reference Map 611 E1

Hours of operation

Pykes Creek recreational facilities are open between 8am and 8pm daily.

Facilities and what to do

Pykes Creek Reservoir is a popular spot for boating, fishing, swimming and picnics. There is no camping available. The reservoir is regularly patrolled and boat access is often restricted due to water levels (see Things to note, below).

Facilities at our recreation area include:

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While visiting

Please note that Pykes Creek is patrolled regularly by our compliance team.

  • In the interests of making a visit to Pykes a safe and enjoyable one for everyone, vessels (including jetskis) will not be allowed on the water without displaying current registration and drivers carrying a current marine licence, and may be inspected for appropriate equipment
  • Children must be supervised at all times
  • Only boats powered by an internal combustion engine are permitted if the engine has a water-cooled exhaust system, discharging through the transom at or below the waterline
  • Boating restrictions apply when water levels lower.

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.

 

There is no public access in these areas:

  • SRW workshop and residence
  • Anywhere beyond the main access gate. For instance:
    • The dam wall (including tower)
    • GWW Treatment plant
    • Outlet works
    • Anywhere south of Western Highway

For more infomation, see Pykes Creek Reservoir prohibited areas

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

Pykes Creek Reservoir is located on a tributary of the Werribee River, 72 km west of Melbourne on the Western Highway.
VicRoads Reference – Map 611 E1

Pykes Creek 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 Pykes Creek Reservoir and its surrounds, and to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time here.

In the park and picnic areas:

Do:
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, including Blue Green Algae bloom notifications
keep dogs on leads
protect all native animals and plants
comply with the directions of SRW officers and security personnel

Don’t:
drive or ride motorbikes along the shoreline or in fenced areas
enter prohibited areas
vandalise the facilities
ride or walk horses anywhere, including in the water
camp overnight
undertake any dangerous activities including
abseiling, paraflying, shooting and archery

On the water:

Do:
supervise your children at all times
have a Victorian boat operating licence , when operating vessels
comply with the Victorian Marine Safety legislation and SRW by-laws (the rules on this flyer)
ensure all passengers are wearing flotation devices
use the boat ramp provided
adhere to all speed and safety restrictions
move in anticlockwise direction, when operating a vessel

Don’t:
drive vessels into restricted areas where you may harm other people or the environment.
construct any works near or on the water including ramps and pontoons
conduct any dangerous activities include shooting, parasailing or jumping off assets or home-made platforms
land any aircraft on the water without written permission from SRW
engage in duck shooting
leave any litter on the waterway or dispose of any
chemicals into the water

Fires prohibited

As part of its commitment to adopting the best environmental 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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Pykes Creek Reservoir boating brochure

Recreational facilities

There is no entry fee into Pykes Creek Reservoir. Picnic areas cannot be reserved.

All of our recreational facilities including Pykes Creek Reservoir have a carry-in carry-out policy, meaning any litter you bring with you must be taken home with you.

Certain activities are prohibited at our reservoirs and recreational areas to protect water quality and the environment. These include stalls and markets, horse riding, abseiling, shooting, archery, paraflying, construction of jetties / pontoons and aircraft landing on the water without written permission.

All native animals and plants are protected by law.

Visitor conduct

For the safety and comfort of all visitors, please:

  • Consider your fellow guestsand keep noise to a minimum
  • obey all signs and notices
  • comply with directions of SRW officers and security personnel
  • keep picnic areas and BBQ’s clean
  • keep within the speed limits
  • use toilet facilities provided.

Fires prohibited

As part of its commitment to adopting the best environmental 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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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.