Update: 8 June 2021 

Following the changes to government guidelines on 17 May, we are delighted to have more of our facilities open and look forward to welcoming you soon. You can find out more details below.

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, Roadford, Siblyback, Stithians, Tamar and Wimbleball are now open for equipment hire and daily launch. Instructor-led sessions are also available at Roadford, Stithians and Wimbleball. Members can launch outside of Activity Centre opening times but must use the buddy system. Please continue to adhere to the current social distancing measures. 

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 fish our waters. Anglers should continue to abide by government guidelines. 

View the coarse angling update here.

View the trout angling update here. 

Cafes

The cafes at Roadford, Tamar, Wimbleball, Stithians, Siblyback and Argal are now open offering both a takeaway service and indoor seating.

Guidelines to follow when visiting the lakes 

When visiting our lakes please take care to follow the hands, face, space and fresh air principles. 

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 and facilities 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. Wear a face covering in indoor spaces, this includes toilets where open.
  5. Please wash your hands as often as possible. Where no facilities exist please use personal hand sanitiser
  6. 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
  7. Please do not gather in groups of more than six people or two families from the same household (a household can include your support bubble).
  8. Our play areas are open. Please ensure you and your children follow the safe-use instructions displayed
  9. 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.
  10. We have tied open gates around the lake in some locations to remove touch points wherever possible - please leave them as you find them.
  11. We do not actively clean site furniture such as benches or play equipment - please use these only if absolutely necessary.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 8/6/2021

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.

LAKE Facilities  
Roadford

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

Footpaths: OPEN 

Toilets: OPEN

Angling: OPEN

Activity Centre: OPEN. View opening times here.

Café: OPEN (takeaway service and indoor seating)

Campsite: OPEN

Argal

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN* 

Café: OPEN (takeaway service and outdoor seating). Please see Facebook page for updates.

Siblyback

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN

Toilets: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN

Angling: OPEN

Café: OPEN (takeaway service and indoor seating). Please check the Facebook page for updates.

Activity Centre: OPEN

Campsite: OPEN

Tamar Lakes

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

Toilets: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Activity Centre: OPEN. View opening times here.

Campsite: OPEN

Cafe: OPEN (takeaway service and indoor seating)

Wimbleball

Car parks: OPEN

Toilets: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN 

Café: OPEN (takeaway service and outdoor seating). See Facebook page for updates.

Activity Centre: OPEN. View opening times here.

Campsite: OPEN

Stithians

Dam Parking: OPEN 

Footpath: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN

Activity Centre: OPEN. View opening times here.

Café: OPEN (takeaway service and indoor seating). Please check the Facebook page for updates.

Campsite: OPEN 

Colliford

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

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN

Tottiford 

Parking: OPEN  

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Burrator

Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Closed

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN

Discovery Centre: Open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 3pm

Venford

Parking: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN 

Fernworthy

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: OPEN from 11.00am Thursdays and closed by 3.00pm on Sundays

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN

Trenchford

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: OPEN from 11.00am Thursdays and closed by 3.00pm on Sundays

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Wistlandpound

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN

Angling: OPEN

Porth

Parking: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling: OPEN*

Toilet: 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.