Safer Lakes.

Please help protect our communities, observe social distancing and stay safe.

We are welcoming visitors back to the Lake District. We are working with our local partners to put measures in place that will help keep people safe.

Check car parks and toilets across the Lake District National Park

Our page lakedistrict.gov.uk/coronavirus has a message from our Chief Executive, how the latest coronavirus rules apply across the National Park, updates on our attractions and services, and how you can contact us.

Family in a rowing boat on Windermere

Access to the Lakes

This is a simple guide to which activites you can do on each of the main lakes in the Lake District National Park.

Please make sure you're aware of the relevant speed limits and byelaws. And remember 'check - clean - dry' your equipment to help stop dangerous invasive species spreading between different areas.

This A4 print version just shows which activities are allowed in each lake.

Guide to activities allowed in the main Lake District lakes

Windermere

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes

⛡️ Sailing boats: Yes, boats must be registered

πŸ›₯ Powered craft: Yes, boats must be registered and there is a 10 mph speed limit

Who to contact:

Lake District National Park
hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk
01539 724555

Ullswater

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά  Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes

⛡️ Sailing boats: Yes

πŸ›₯ Powered craft: Yes, and there is a 10 mph speed limit

Who to contact:

Lake District National Park
hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk
01539 724555

Coniston

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes

⛡️ Sailing boats: Yes

πŸ›₯ Powered craft: Yes, and there is a 10 mph speed limit

Who to contact:

Lake District National Park
hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk
01539 724555

Haweswater Reservoir

Swimming: No

Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: No

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

Who to contact:

United Utilities
01768 772334

Bassenthwaite

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes, Bassenthwaite canoe/kayak/paddleboard permit needed

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes, Bassenthwaite rowing boat permit needed

⛡️ Sailing boats: Yes, Bassenthwaite sailing permit needed

πŸ›₯ Powered craft: Yes for electric boats with a Bassenthwaite permit

Who to contact:

Lake District National Park
hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk
01539 724555

Thirlmere Reservoir

Swimming: No

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes

⛡️ Sailing boats: Yes

Powered craft: No

Who to contact:

United Utilities
01768 772334

Wastwater

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

Who to contact:

National Trust, North West
015394 35599

Derwent Water

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes

⛡️ Sailing boats: Yes

πŸ›₯ Powered craft: Yes, and there is a 10 mph speed limit

There is no access to any of the islands in Derwent Water.

Who to contact:

National Trust, North West
015394 35599

Crummock Water

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes, with a permit

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes, with a permit

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

Season Permits ring 017687 74649.  
Day permits are available from the car parks at Buttermere CA13 9UZ and Lanthwaite Wood CA13 ORT.

Who to contact:

National Trust, North West
015394 35599

Ennerdale Water

Swimming: No

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes. Commercial groups, activity providers and large groups need a permit.

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes. Commercial groups, activity providers and large groups need a permit.

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

Permits are available from United Utilities

Who to contact:

United Utilities
01768 772334

Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite Water is run as a private fishery, offering bank, row and motor boat fishing.

015394 36541

Buttermere

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes, with a permit

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes, with a permit

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

Season Permits ring 017687 74649.  
Day permits are available from the car parks at Buttermere CA13 9UZ and Lanthwaite Wood CA13 ORT.

Who to contact:

National Trust, North West
015394 35599

Loweswater

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes, under 4 m

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes, under 4 m

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

Who to contact:

National Trust, North West
015394 35599

Grasmere

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: Yes

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: Yes

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

Who to contact:

Lowther Estates
01931 712577

Rydal

πŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Swimming: Yes

πŸ›Ά Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards: No public access

πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Rowing boats: No public access

Sailing boats: No

Powered craft: No

  • Individual recreational swimming only. All commercial activity to be agreed with Carter Jonas.
  • Small lakes byelaws

Who to contact:

Rydal Estates, c/o Carter Jonas land agents
01539 722592