We believe engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow

Become a Friend of South West Lakes

Become a Friend of South West Lakes to support our work caring for the lakes you love, and receive free car parking at all of our lakes for a year. #ItsYourOutdoors, come and explore.


Author: Lisa Tame

Why volunteer?

Volunteering can bring a sense of belonging and open up a whole new world. Explore your outdoors while helping the environment and discovering new activities and learning opportunities.



South West Lakes

Find out more about the lakes in the south west, support our work or plan a visit. #ItsYourOutdoors, come and explore.



Our Impact in 2020


people enjoyed our nature activities & events 


volunteer hours generously given


people got on the water and went fishing 


young people benefitted from our NCS programme

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Latest news

  • Free coarse fishing day at Upper Tamar Lake

    As part of National Fishing Month, we're hosting a free family-friendly event at Upper Tamar Lake on Friday 12 August. If you're a complete novice, find out why coarse fishing has so many people hooked, with plenty on offer for the experienced angler as well! Read more

  • Go wild at Stithians Lake this summer

    Join us at Stithians Lake this summer and try something new at a wild-themed family activity day or on the water. Read more

  • Start of summer successes at the lakes

    Our team and volunteers at South West Lakes have recently been busy with conservation work, including species surveys, producing sustainable charcoal and controlling the spread of invasive and non-native species. Read more

Upcoming events

  • Stories of the Stars

    Join our Environment Rangers around the fire for an evening of stories of the stars at Wistlandpound Reservoir. Read more