Lower Peirce Reservoir: Yabby Catching, Scenic Park and Boardwalk Strolls

Lower Peirce Reservoir Park

Lower Peirce Reservoir is the second oldest reservoir in Singapore. Completed in 1912, the reservoir was commissioned to help meet Singapore’s burgeoning water needs. Today, more than 100 years later, its waters and the lush greenery of Lower Peirce Reservoir Park continue to attract visitors seeking tranquillity and nature.

Sunset at Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
Sunset at Lower Peirce Reservoir Park

Originally named Kalang River Reservoir, its waters feed into Singapore’s longest river, Kallang River. In 1922, it was renamed Peirce Reservoir in honour of Robert Peirce, the Municipal Engineer of Singapore who had proposed the construction of the reservoir.

Original stone laid at the opening of Kalang River Reservoir
Original stone laid at the opening of Kalang River Reservoir

Lower Peirce Reservoir is fairly accessible from Upper Thomson Road via Old Upper Thomson Road.

Yabby Catching at the Fishing Grounds

Looking for yabbies at Lower Peirce Reservoir's fishing grounds
Looking for yabbies at Lower Peirce Reservoir’s fishing grounds

One activity that draws many families to Lower Peirce Reservoir on weekends is yabby catching.


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Lower Peirce Reservoir Park has a fishing ground with a shoreline of granite rocks. This makes it a popular spot for those who wish to try their luck catching yabbies, a type of crustacean.

To do so requires loads of patience, some skill and plenty of luck.

The wild yabbies at Lower Peirce Reservoir are elusive and hide away among the rocks.

Yabbies at Lower Seletar Reservoir
Yabbies at Lower Peirce Reservoir

Accordingly to a seasoned yabby-hunter, one technique to catch them is to lure them out from under the rocks with a piece of bread attached to a stick, place a fishing net behind them and “force” them backwards into the net.

Lower Peirce Boardwalk

Lower Peirce Trail
Lower Peirce Trail

Close to fishing grounds is an entrance to the Lower Peirce Boardwalk.

Officially known as the Lower Peirce Trail, the Lower Peirce Boardwalk winds through secondary forest and along the water’s edge. This area was once a plantation and you will still see remnants of rubber trees and oil palms along the trail.

Waterside walk at the Lower Peirce Boardwalk
Waterside walk at the Lower Peirce Boardwalk

The Lower Peirce Boardwalk is an easy 900-metre walk. It has two other entrances besides the one at Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. The Jacaranda Entrance opens up to Old Upper Thomson Road and the Casuarina Entrance is an entry point close to the shops at Casuarina Road.

While on the Lower Peirce Boardwalk, keep a look out for animals such as monitor lizards, squirrels and even birds such as the White-bellies Fish Eagles soaring overhead. You may also encounter the ubiquitous long-tailed macaques.

Enjoying Lower Peirce Reservoir Park

Lower Peirce Reservoir ParkLower Peirce Reservoir Park is also a popular spot for picnics and outings. Its hilly green slopes provide magnificent views of the reservoir’s waters.

Children's Playground at Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
Children’s Playground at Lower Peirce Reservoir Park

A children’s playground, slightly weather-beaten, serves as a play spot for young children.

Lower Peirce Reservoir Park’s toilets are found close to the car park entrance.

Lower Peirce Reservoir

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