Stithians Lake

Watersports and wildlife

From fishing to footpaths, wildlife to watersports, café to camping, Stithians Lake has something for everyone. Located just a few miles from the A30, surrounded by farmland and moorland, this is the largest inland water in West Cornwall and offers a whole range of facilities and activities.

The network of paths at the lake are great for walking, jogging or cycling. The circular five mile walk takes you through meadows, wet woodland and heathland, which are environmentally managed by our dedicated Countryside team. There is always interesting wildlife around, why not stop off at one of the three bird hides and see what you can spot? One of the highlights of the walk is going across the imposing Stithians dam.

Great Food

After a day exploring the lake visit Café Lake Central where the team offer a warm and friendly welcome, serving authentic Italian pizza, Italian coffee, ciabatta and homemade cakes.


Cafe Lake Central is run by Mandy and her team. The cafe is open daily and serves freshly cooked pizzas, paninis, light lunches, coffee, cakes and ice cream. Enjoy a slice of Italy whilst you enjoy the lakeside view.

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday – Closed

Thursday – Closed

Friday – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday – 9:00am- 3:00pm

Sunday – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Telephone: 01209 862781

Activity Centre:


Play Area

Disabled Toilets & Access

Picnic Area


Bird Hide

Dog Friendly


Car Park (a small car parking charge helps to support our charity)




Paddle Boarding

Trout Fishing

Kayaking and Canoeing

Foot Paths/ Trails

Off-road Cycle Trails

Activity Centre, Stithians Lake, Menherion, Redruth, Cornwall. TR16 6NW

Telephone: 01209 860301

The activity centre offers tuition, hire and self-launch in sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and windsurfing (which is especially popular at the site as its proximity to the coast makes for reliable wind conditions). Our friendly and experienced instructor team welcome all abilities from the first-timer to the Olympic hopeful. We also supply wetsuits and buoyancy aids so you don’t have to worry about anything.

For the little ‘uns there is a pirate themed play area that overlooks the lake and also includes a climbing boulder for the more adventurous!

If you fancy a spot of fly-fishing, we stock rainbow and brown trout throughout the season (mid-March to mid-November), with fly fishing permits available from the self-service permit hut on site. You can either fish from the bank or hire a boat and get out into the middle of the lake.

For those wishing to extend their stay at the Stithians Lake, our lakeside campsite and facilities have undergone some recent improvements, including additional electric hook-ups and a new family changing room. The camping field is very flat offers plenty of space for all the family to enjoy some fun time together.

Great Days Out

Hire a kayak, go on a mini sailing quest or try paddle boarding. Enjoy a nights stay at Stithians Lake and pitchup your tent.

Great Food

Local, fresh and tasty food from Café Lake Central

Trout Fishing

Trout fishing from bank or boat

Did you know?

The Cornish name for Stithians Lake
is Lidn Seynt Stedyan.

Lakes nearby

College Reservoir

Colliford Lake


Siblyback Lake


Crowdy Reservoir