MacRitchie Reservoir Park


Maps & Hiking Routes

Click here for map of MacRitchie Trails in Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Click here for Trail Etiquette.

Opening Hours

Helpline Number: 1800 471 7300 (toll free)




MacRitchie Reservoir Park serves as a gateway to the nature reserves. It has become a popular spot for nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. It is also a great place for morning and evening walks or strolls along the water's edge.

MacRitchie Reservoir Park now boasts a green two-storey carpark with 300 parking lots. Its upper deck collects rainwater and channels them into a bioswale. Bioswales are landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water.

The reservoir also has an amenities centre equipped with toilets, showering facilities, lockers, drinking fountains and a food kiosk. Our reservoir deck is an ideal venue for warm-ups and for holding events like cross-country. Being a popular venue for water activities, it also has a newly improved pontoon for kayakers and our upgraded canoe shed will be ready by mid-2011.

MacRitchie Reservoir is one of the four reservoirs that bound the nature reserves. Other reservoirs include Lower Peirce Reservoir, Upper Peirce Reservoir and Upper Seletar Reservoir. Serving as water catchment areas, forests surrounding these reservoirs are protected from agriculture activities in order to ensure the quality of water.

(Click here to download a map of the MacRitchieTrails).


MacRitchie Reservoir was constructed in 1867, through a donation of S$13,000 by philanthropist Tan Kim Seng, as the first impounding reservoir in Singapore. It resulted from an increase in demand for water in the mid-19th century, which grew beyond the capacity of ox-drawn water carts. In 1891, the reservoir was extended and the enlarged Impounding Reservoir was renamed as Thomson Road Reservoir in 1907. Then, in honour of the Municipal Engineer, James MacRitchie, who designed and built the reservoir, it was renamed again as MacRitchie Reservoir.

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Visitors to MacRitchie Reservoir now enjoy an enhanced experience of nature. The Phase I of the ABC Water Masterplan was completed in 2009 and it includes a new multi-storey carpark, an amenities centre and an improved floating pontoon for kayakers to launch their kayaks. More details on various ABC Waters project can be found here

Getting There

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MacRitchie Reservoir Park provides venues that are suitable for cross country and canoeing.

There are three venues available for events and activities. These areas include the amenities centre and the adjoining reservoir deck,the area after zig zag bridge and the event lawn near the paddle lodge area.

For booking of the venue. please click Online application for parks
Do note that MacRitchie Reservoir Park event sites are not available for booking on Mondays (except Public Holidays).

Note: All event venues at MacRitchie Reservoir Park will be closed in October 2013 for maintenance.



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Reservoir Deck

Size : 1,400 sq m
Capacity : 500 pax

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Zig-Zag Point

Size : 290 sq m
Capacity: 80 pax

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Lawn@Paddle Lodge

Size: 1,450 sq m

Capacity: 420 pax



Carpark Charges


Vehicle Day Operating Hours Rates

Car / Motorcycle*

Maximum daily charge*
per motorcycle is $1.20

Mon - Fri
(except PH)
6am - 10pm 1st hour free
Subsequently $0.02 per min
10pm - 6am $0.02 per min
Car / Motorcycle*

Maximum daily charge*
per motorcycle is $1.20
Sat, Sun and PH 7am - 2pm
5pm - 7am
$0.02 per min
2pm - 5pm 1st hour free
Subsequently $0.02 per min
Coach Mon - Sun
(including PH)
6am - 7pm Free parking
7pm - 6am $0.08 per min













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Information is Updated on 19/05/2013