Colliford is Cornwall’s largest inland water, with a vast surface area of 900 acres – that’s about 682 football pitches! Located just off the A30, the lake is a couple of miles south of Jamaica Inn, the famous smugglers’ haunt immortalised by Daphne du Maurier.

Colliford - Exploring the beast of Bodmin Moor

With ample car parking, well-appointed picnic areas and lakeside walks, Colliford is the perfect location to enjoy the peace of the countryside. Three way-marked walks offer beautiful views of neighbouring moorland. Explore Bodmin Moor to your heart’s content, and bring along lunch to refuel outdoors, engaging with all nature has to offer.

Wildlife at Colliford Lake 

The Nature Reserve is an important site for birdlife. In winter, you might spot pochard, wigeon, goldeneye, golden plover, lapwing and snipe.

Fishing at Colliford Lake

Traditional fly-fishing for natural brown trout is available at Colliford. The lake is regarded as Cornwall’s premier brown trout fishery. Find out more here.

Bodmin Moor Gateway Project

Newly refurbished toilets and a new visitor information centre will become available in Spring 2020, as part of our new community space at Colliford Lake. 

Download a PDF document prior to your visit to find out about the lake, the wider area and the walks you can enjoy. 

This is a project funded by:

  • The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development as a LEADER project via the Atlantic and Moor Local Action Group
  • South West Water 
  • South West Lakes 

Proceeds from the facilities contribute towards cleaning and maintaining them for the future. 


Parking information 

There are three car parks available to use around Colliford Lake. The top car park is open to all vehicles, while two (the Simonstone middle car park and the Dam car park) have height restriction barriers of 2.1m and 2m respectively. These are in line with our stance on wild camping, which is not permitted at any of the lakes. However campsites are available at five of our sites, including Siblyback nearby. Find out more here.

Nearby is Dozmary Pool, whose outflow runs into Colliford Lake. According to legend, this is where King Arthur rowed out to the Lady of the Lake and received the sword Excalibur.

Address: Colliford Lake, St Neot, near Liskeard, PL14 6PZ