In a major boost for recreational fishing and tourism in SA, Warren Reservoir in the southern Barossa has been officially upgraded and opened to canoes and kayaks.
The Barossa Council has worked closely with the State Government to achieve greater public access at multiple locations with improved road access, upgraded car parking and new visitor amenities.
The angler experience has also been enhanced with increased shore-based recreational fishing access, kayak and canoe on-water access and a fish stocking program of Murray cod, golden and silver perch by RecFish SA.
Mayor Bob Sloane officially opened the expanded fishery alongside Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation on 23 January.
Mayor Sloane said the investment in new infrastrcuture will deliver positive tourism and economic outcomes for the region.
"We have invested significant funds in partnership with the State and Commonwealth Governments to achieve these infrastructure improvements," he said.
"The expansion of fishing facilities, in addition to on-water access for kayaks and canoes, will make the Warren Reservoir a recreational tourism attraction in its own right.
"It's been a tremendous collaborative effort and we now look forward to seeing people out on the water, enjoying the many fishing and recreational opportunities at this unique desintation."
Disability access at the site has been significantly improved with wheelchair pathways to the water edge, disability access toilet and an upgrade of the old bridge infrastructure for over-water fishing by all users.
Visitors to the Warren Reservoir require a RecFish SA permit www.recfishsa.org.au
For details about facilities and permits, watch our video here
For site maps visit our dedicated Warren Reservoir page here
The $700,000 project includes a Council contribution of $170,000, external grant funding of $335,000 and $200,000 funding from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, in addition to fish stocking.