Visiting our dams

Many of our dams have great visitor facilities such as picnic areas, walk trails, look outs and birdlife and are a great spot for a day out.

Traditionally, Perth has relied heavily on our dams as a major water source. Because of declining rainfall and stream flows, our dams are now taking on a bigger role as storage reservoirs as we transfer water to them from climate dependant sources like desalination and deeper groundwater. For this reason dams remain an important part of our water supply scheme.

 

Please note: there are some instances when our dam recreation areas are closed, particularly in summer when there may be a bushfire risk. Before planning a visit to one of our dams, always check our Facebook page or call us on our 24/7 line on 13 13 75.

 

Metropolitan dams

We have 9 dams within the Darling Range that provide around one fifth of Perth’s water supply and most of the water distributed through the Goldfields and Agricultural region.

South West 

Please note: We are carrying out upgrade works at Stirling Dam, Harvey, between December 2016 and November 2017. The picnic area at the dam will be closed for the duration of the works, so please visit Logue Brook Dam or Harris Dam as alternatives.

North West 

Please note: Harding Dam is temporarily closed due to the heavy rainfall making the roads unsafe for public access. Our website will be updated once the dam is re-opened and we thank the community for their cooperation. For more information, please contact North West Regional Engagement and Communication Officer, Sandy Hooft on (08) 9186 8266. 

Safety first!

If you decide to visit one of our dams, we want to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Please follow these simple rules to ensure you have a fun, memorable, and safe experience:

  • Obey directional and informational signs
  • Keep to pathways, roads and recreational areas
  • Be aware of uneven ground and walking hazards 
  • Children must be within view of a responsible adult at all times
  • Dogs are not permitted on site
  • Do not climb walls, fences, bridges, pipework or other operational infrastructure 
  • Do not trespass into signposted operational and ‘No Entry’ areas
  • Never attempt to operate taps, valves or controls
  • Do not deface safety and security signage 
  • Keep emergency and operational access gates and roadways clear.

All Perth’s Metropolitan Dams are proclaimed Public Drinking Water Source Areas and are protected under the Metropolitan Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage Act 1909. To ensure our drinking water supplies are protected, access is not permitted on the reservoirs or in the 2 km Reservoir Protection Zone enforced around the water body and the streams flowing into it. Failure to comply may result in prosecutions.

Please report unmarked safety hazards or suspicious behaviour to 13 13 75.

If you would like additional information about any of our dams, please feel free to call us on 13 13 85.