MacRitchie Reservoir is the oldest of the 17 reservoirs in Singapore. Though construction started in 1867, it was not until 1907 that the reservoir reached its present-day capacity.
Offering both land- and water-based recreation, MacRitchie Reservoir is a popular destination for walkers, joggers, as well as kayakers. Boardwalks offer scenic views of the reservoir. The forest may be accessed via several walking trails, ranging from 3–11 km.
A paddle across the reservoir is also possible, with kayaks available for rent. Recent upgrading works to the nature area, which included the addition of a green two-storey carpark and an amenities centre, was completed in two phases. MacRitchie Reservoir is open from 7 am to 7 pm daily.