Issued 20 May 2020 20.30 

Updated 19 September 2020 11.30

Details of facilities available at each lake can be found further down this page.

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 and 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 or facilities 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, in groups of up to six. Lakes will be open from sunrise to sunset to help you maintain this
  4. Wear a face covering in indoor spaces
  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. Access to our sites is for outdoor recreation only. Please don’t gather or picnic in groups larger than current government advice
  8. Our play areas are open. Please ensure you and your children follow the safe-use instructions displayed
  9. Pay and Display parking machines will be cleaned as often as possible. These are cash payment machines, so we advise that you use personal hand sanitiser after use or consider joining us as a Friend of SW Lakes
  10. We have tied open gates around the lake to remove touch points wherever possible - please leave them as you find them
  11. We do not actively clean site furniture such as benches - 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. Access to the water is only permitted via our activity centres or an approved club. Swimming is not permitted in any water
  14. Other than on one of our official campsites, we do not allow camping or overnight stays (motorhomes, campervans or caravans) anywhere at any of our lakes. For more information, click here.
  15. 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 15/09/2020

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: Cafe (please see notices on visiting) 

Gatehouse

Activity Centre members only 

Angling* : OPEN 

Activity Centre: Open Wednesday to Sunday (until 4 October).

Pre-paid members can launch 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.
Pre-booked day launch, equipment hire & tuition available: please see our activity centre update page for specific information.

Café: Indoor and outdoor seating available. Open daily, 11am - 5pm.

Campsite - OPEN Please see our camping statement 

Argal

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Open 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Café: Open, takeaway service - please see Facebook page 

Siblyback

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Accessible toilet open 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Café: Olive & Co OPEN - please see Facebook Page

Activity Centre: Open Thursday to Sunday (until 27 September).

Pre-paid members can launch 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.
Day launch & hire available - please see our activity centre update page for specific information 

Campsite - OPEN - please see our camping statement 

Tamar Lakes

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

Toilets: Accessible toilet open at Upper Tamar

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Café: Takeaway service daily - please see Facebook Page

Activity Centre: Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (until 30 September).

Pre-paid members can launch 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.
Day launch & hire available - please see our activity centre update page for specific information. Fishing tuition available.

Campsite - OPEN Please see our camping statement 

Wimbleball

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

Toilets: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN 

Café: open daily, takeaway only

Activity Centre: Open Thursday to Monday 

Pre-paid members can launch 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.
Pre-booked day launch, equipment hire and tuition available - please see our activity centre update page for specific information.

Campsite - OPEN Please see our camping statement 

Stithians

Dam Parking: OPEN 

Footpath: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Activity Centre: Open Thursday to Monday

Pre-paid members can launch 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.
Day launch, hire and tuition available - please see our activity centre update page for specific information 

Café: Open daily 9am - 3pm for food, coffee and cake 

Campsite - OPEN Please see our camping statement 

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 

Venford

Parking: OPEN

Footpaths: OPEN 

Fernworthy

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: CLOSED until further notice

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Trenchford

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Toilets: Trenchford open Thurs - Sun only

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

Wistlandpound

Pay & Display Parking: OPEN 

Footpaths: OPEN 

Angling*: OPEN 

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