Issue date 2 December 2020

Our lakes are open for visiting to walk, cycle, play, fish and to enjoy being outdoors.

For further information on fishing, please visit our angling website.

Campsites are closed and access to the water is members only at this time.

Please see information below for cafe opening across our region. 

We require all visitors to adhere to the government guidelines and to follow the restrictions of their home tier.

Safeguarding our visitors and employees is our priority and therefore 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. 

Please only visit with your household or one other person outside of your household.

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.

Please follow the instructions below to help us to keep our visitors and team safe, and enable our gates to stay open.

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.

Support Your Lakes

If you enjoy visiting and plan to visit 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 2/12/2020

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 – please see our Trout and Coarse Angling websites for further information. Please do not travel to a lake to fish prior to accessing this information.

Lake

Facilities  

Roadford

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

Footpaths: OPEN 

Toilets: Gatehouse

Angling: Season dates: 15 March - 12 October

Activity Centre: Closed - members only launch 

Café: Indoor seating available, 11am - 4pm. Lunch served 12pm - 3pm. 

Campsite: Closed

Argal

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Open 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Café: Coffee and cake van open every day, 10am - 4pm. Please see Facebook page for updates.

Siblyback

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN

Toilets: Accessible toilet open 

Footpaths: OPEN

Angling: Season dates: 7 March - 24 December

Café: Open Thurs - Fri, 10am - 4pm and Sat - Sun 9am - 4pm. Please check Olive & Co Facebook Page for changes before visiting.

Activity Centre: Closed - member only launch 

Campsite: Closed

Tamar Lakes

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

Toilets: Accessible toilet open at Upper Tamar

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Activity Centre: Closed - member only launch 

Campsite: Closed

Wimbleball

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

Toilets: (will not be open on Thursdays and Fridays until w/c 23rd November. Then, they will be open 7 days a week).

- Disabled unisex toilet in the cafe is OPEN

- Disabled unisex toilet at the Activity Centre is OPEN

Other toilets are closed for the winter but can be opened during busy periods. 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Café: See Facebook page for updates.

Activity Centre: Closed - member only launch 

Campsite: Closed

Stithians

Dam Parking: OPEN 

Footpath: OPEN 

Angling: Season dates: 7 March - 24 December

Activity Centre: Closed - member only launch 

Café: Closed. Takeaway coffee and cake available from 8am - 3pm every day.

Campsite: Closed

Colliford

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

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: Season dates: 15 March - 12 October 

Tottiford 

Parking: OPEN  

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Burrator

Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Closed 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: Season dates: 7 March -  24 December

Discovery Centre: Closed

Venford

Parking: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN 

Fernworthy

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: CLOSED until further notice

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: Season dates: 15 March - 12 October 

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: Season dates: 15 March - 12 October 

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