The Myponga Reservoir will soon open up to the public for recreational activities with the opening weekend set to have a range of activities including a trail run led by Commonwealth Games runner Jessica Trengove.
On Sunday, April 14, the Myponga Reservoir Reserve will officially open, giving the public the opportunity to adventure around the reserve either by foot or bicycle, have picnics and visit the lookouts and viewing platforms.
Jessica Trengove said the reason she loves running in these sorts of areas after up in the country town of Naracoorte, with first exposure to racing was at our Primary School cross country.
"I loved being out amongst nature from a young age and still do. I feel a sense of calm and freedom on the trails.
"The Myponga Reservoir Reserve is a hidden gem. People should see this as an opportunity to reap the benefits of physical activity in their beautiful local environment," she said.
"There is nothing quite like a brisk walk, ride or a run surrounded by clean and fresh air, bird noises, native trees, water and kangaroos bouncing along nearby. People may prefer to enjoy some time to themselves on the trails or share the experience with family and friends."
Jessica also added that some of her other favourite places to run along the Fleurieu include Carrickalinga and Kuitpo Forest where she spent time training for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The opening of the Myponga Reservoir is the start of the Liberal Government's plan to open up reservoirs across the state for recreational activities.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the opening of Myponga Reservoir Reserve marked the beginning of a wider program that will drive regional tourism, encourage community wellbeing and promote environmental education.
"I've been lucky enough to visit the reserve a few times as preparations for opening have been underway and opening this reservoir up to the general public is hugely exciting.
"There's great natural beauty to enjoy at Myponga (the township), but there's also a thriving local community with weekly markets, local stores and an artisan brewery, that make for a fun day out that will also help energise local businesses."
The reservoir will also be opened for land-based fishing in the future, with there being a possibility of it being later this year after 180,000 freelings (juvenile fish) were released earlier this week.