Update: 25 February 2021 

Following the latest announcement from the government, we are excited to be welcoming more people back to our lakes from 29 March. We are awaiting guidance from national governing bodies with regards to particular activities, including watersports and overnight fishing - please bear with us whilst we await these details. In the meantime, the lakes will continue to stay open for our local communities to exercise. 

We will update our social media and website when we have further updates. Please see the table below for facilities available at each lake. 

Watersports 

In line with government and RYA guidance, the lakes will remain closed for camping, equipment hire, tuition and daily launch. Members must only visit a lake if it is part of your daily exercise and you live locally – defined as staying within your village, town or part of the city where you live. The buddy system will remain in place for members who fall into this local category but please adhere to the current social distancing measures of being only with your household or one other person outside your household. Please be aware that no safety cover will be provided, and should we feel that members are not abiding by the law, the lakes will close to all members. 

View the activity centre update here.

View the camping update and terms and conditions here. 

Angling

Season permit holders and day ticket holders are permitted to day fish our waters. This is limited to your local fishery and anglers should abide by the Government national lockdown restrictions. 

View the coarse angling update here.

View the trout angling update here. 

Cafes

The cafes at Roadford, Wimbleball, Stithians, Siblyback and Argal are currently closed.

Guidelines to follow when visiting the lakes 

We would like to remind everyone that visiting should be for exercise only and that you should minimise time spent outside of your home.

Safeguarding our visitors and employees is our priority: we have certain measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus and maintain the safety of everyone.

We urge visitors to stay alert, stay local, practise social distancing and good hygiene, in line with current government guidelines. 

If at any point we have concerns that visitor numbers or public behaviour are restricting our ability to maintain social distancing and hygiene standards, we reserve the right to close particular lakes without prior notice.

We advise that you visit this page prior to your trip to see any updates to the status of the lakes. 

If you have a new, persistent cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell or any other reason to suspect you may have coronavirus, please do not visit and help save lives.

  1. Please respect our team; they are doing their best to keep you safe during your visit
  2. Please follow all instructions given on posters and by members of the team
  3. Social distancing: please maintain at least the recommended social distance between yourself and others at all times. Lakes will be open from sunrise to sunset to help you maintain this.
  4. Please only visit in line with the guidelines of your home tier.
  5. Wear a face covering in indoor spaces, this includes toilets where open.
  6. Please wash your hands as often as possible. Where no facilities exist please use personal hand sanitiser
  7. All dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Please do not allow dogs to jump up at people and take your dog waste home
  8. Access to our sites is for outdoor recreation only. Please don’t gather or picnic in groups.
  9. Our play areas are open. Please ensure you and your children follow the safe-use instructions displayed
  10. Touch free parking via RingGo is available at eight of the lakes. Pay and display parking machines are also available and will be cleaned as often as possible. You can also join us as a Friend of SW Lakes. Find out more about car parking options.
  11. We have tied open gates around the lake to remove touch points wherever possible - please leave them as you find them.
  12. We do not actively clean site furniture such as benches or play equipment - please use these only if absolutely necessary.
  13. If you require first aid treatment whilst on site, please inform a member of the team who will direct you to a local hospital or contact the emergency services if required.
  14. Please respect the wildlife.

Thank you for adhering to the lockdown restrictions and maintaining social distance, stay safe.

Support Your Lakes

If you enjoy visiting regularly, please consider becoming a Friend of South West Lakes, and support the great work we do. Becoming a Friend also means you will receive a 12-month parking permit and that you will not need to use the pay and display parking machines. Our charity has been impacted significantly by the Covid-19 pandemic and we need your support.  You can find out more and join here.

Facilities Update 25/2/2021

Our toilet facilities are managed by a cleaning regime which may mean some facilities are limited to maintain standards.

We reserve the right to close particular lakes or facilities without prior notice in order to manage visitor numbers and/ or behaviour.

*Angling

View the coarse angling update here.

View the trout angling update here. 

LAKE Facilities  
Roadford

All car parks (inc. pay and display): OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Toilets: CLOSED

Angling: CLOSED

Activity Centre: Due to re-open on 29 March

Café: Due to re-opon on 8 March (limited takeaway only service)

Campsite: Due to re-open on 12 April for self-contained units such as motorhomes, caravans and campervans

Argal

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Open 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN* 

Café: Due to re-open on 8 March. Please see Facebook page for updates.

Siblyback

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN

Toilets: CLOSED

Footpaths: OPEN

Angling: OPEN

Café: Due to re-open on 8 March. Please check the Facebook page for updates.

Activity Centre: CLOSED 

Campsite: CLOSED

Tamar Lakes

All car parks (inc. pay and display): OPEN 

Toilets: One toilet will be open at Upper Tamar from 12 January

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Activity Centre: Due to re-open on 2 April 

Campsite: Due to re-open on 12 April for self-contained units such as motorhomes, caravans and campervans

Cafe: CLOSED

Wimbleball

Car parks: OPEN

Toilets: CLOSED

Footpaths: OPEN 

Café: Due to re-open on 13 March. See Facebook page for updates.

Activity Centre: Due to re-open on 29 March

Campsite: Due to re-open on 12 April for self-contained units such as motorhomes, caravans and campervans

Stithians

Dam Parking: OPEN 

Footpath: OPEN 

Angling: CLOSED

Activity Centre: Due to re-open on 29 March

Café: Due to re-open on 15 March. Please check the Facebook page for updates.

Campsite: Due to re-open on 12 April for self-contained units such as motorhomes, caravans and campervans

Colliford

Parking: OPEN. Height restriction barriers are present at two car parks. Find out more.

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: CLOSED

Tottiford 

Parking: OPEN  

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Burrator

Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: CLOSED

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: CLOSED

Discovery Centre: CLOSED

Venford

Parking: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN 

Fernworthy

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: CLOSED until further notice

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: CLOSED

Trenchford

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Closed from 1st October 2020 - 1st April 2021

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Wistlandpound

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN. 

Angling: CLOSED

Porth

Parking: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Crowdy

Parking: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN

Lopwell

Parking: OPEN

Footpaths: The nature reserve path is currently closed until further notice due to storm damage and path subsidence which has made public access unsafe. We are working with South West Water to find a resolution. 

Slade

Parking: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Longham Lakes

Parking: OPEN for Friends of Longham and authorised clubs (including anglers)

Footpaths: OPEN including all walk in accesses (stiles)

Angling: AVAILABLE*

The facilities and Study Centre remain closed until further notice.