Porth Reservoir

Porth Reservoir is a designated bird sanctuary – owls and woodpeckers are often spotted whilst kingfishers can be seen in abundance. Nestled in a valley, surrounded by steep sided banks and located just outside of Newquay – Porth is certainly worth a visit for families, bird watchers and anglers alike.

A circular walk leads you to the water’s edge, passing two bird hides, over boardwalks and onto a nature trail through a wildlife reserve. A woodland with mature trees encompasses the lake – providing a sanctuary for a wide range of wildlife and flora. Porth Reservoir is a Nature Reserve and home to a wide range of special habitats, this means no dogs are permitted to ensure the least disturbance to the wildlife. Interpretation boards can be found in the small visitor centre where you can learn about Porth Reservoir and the surrounding areas.

The lake lies on the SUSTRANS cycling route 32 for further information visit www.sustrans.co.uk

Public access all year.


Visitor Centre

Bird Hide

Picnic Area

Coarse Fishing

Car Park

Porth Reservoir, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4JS

Great Days Out

Watersports activities are available nearbly at Stithians Lake.

Coarse Fishing

The Coarse fishing is open to everyone with anglers casting for Carp, Pike, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Tench and Eels. Wheelchair access fishing platforms are in place below the car park.

Did you know?

The Cornish translation for Porth Reservoir is
Crenva Porth

Lakes nearby

College Reservoir

Stithians Lake


Siblyback Lake


Crowdy Reservoir