The reservoir is built in the path of the Little Para River and is used for water storage and flood mitigation. As the Little Para's catchment is insufficient to fill the reservoir, it is mainly used to store water pumped from the River Murray. Periodically water is released from the reservoir into the river, enabling refreshing of ground water.
Overlooking the reservoir is a public park with tennis courts, playgrounds, public toilets and information about the initial construction of the dam. Although much of the current amenities have fallen into disarray due lack of maintenance and public abuse.
In June 2008 the reservoir was closed to the public so the dam wall could be strengthened and increased by 1 metre (3.3 ft). Construction of a new fusegate spillway system was also carried out. Complaints were raised[by whom?] that "millions of litres of water" were released into the ocean until the reservoir was at 68 percent to enable the construction to proceed.
As of February 2011 the reservoir is closed to the public, due to the 2008 upgrade.
- "SA Water: Water Storage (Reservoirs) - Little Para". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
- Lewis, H. John (1980). Salisbury South Australia, a history of town and district. Hawthorndene, South Australia: Investigator Press. pp. 248–249. ISBN 0-85864-049-X.
- "Little Para Dam Safety Upgrade". Bardavcol. 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2011.