Safer Lakes.

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

We look forward to 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.

Bassenthwaite lake

Bassenthwaite permits

Bassenthwaite Lake is a specially protected area

As well as being within the Lake District National Park, Bassenthwaite has special protection as a National Nature Reserve. It's a really special lake for wildlife, home to ospreys that swoop down and fish from the water during the summer.

It's a wonderful place for some quiet enjoyment, as there are no motor craft allowed on the water. Sailing, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing and swimming are all allowed on the lake. We issue permits for most of these activities, so that we have a good understanding of how and when people are visiting this area, and the money raised goes back into helping us protect and conserve the lake to benefit its wildlife.

Activity permits for Bassenthwaite

If you want to visit Bassenthwaite and get out on the water, you will need a permit.

The map below shows the 2 no boating zones on Bassenthwaite, areas of the shore that are privately owned, public access areas and visitor facilites.

Please make sure you are aware of the bye laws that apply to Bassenthwaite

Please buy a permit online and keep a copy of the email permit you recieve, either digitally or printed out, so you can show it to our ranger patrols on your visit. Your email will also have a copy of the Bassenthwaite Lake map.

Keeping Bassenthwaite and its visitors safe

We ask all visitors to Bassenthwaite to respect social distancing, and please respect other visitors and staff and be kind and patient at all times.

All visitors can help to prevent the spread of freshwater invasive species by following a simple three step process every time we leave any pond, stream or lake…. Check, clean and dry. Find out more about biosecurity for boat users, anglers and swimmers on the CFINNS site.

Map of Bassenthwaite map showing activity zones

Map showing sailing areas, no boating zones and visitor facilities around Bassenthwaite Lake.

Buy a permit for Bassenthwaite Lake

Fishing permits

You will need a fishing permit for fishing from the shore or on the water. You will also need one of the boating permits below if you want to fish from a paddlecraft or boat. Under 16s are allowed to fish for free without a permit.

1 day:  £7
7 days: £20
1 month: £30
3 months: £35
6 months: £45
12 months: £50

Buy a Bassenthwaite Lake fishing permit online

Rowing boat permits

You will need a rowing boat permit to take a rowing boat onto the lake. You will need a fishing permit as well if you want to fish from your boat.

1 day:  £20
7 days:  £40
1 month: £55
3 months: £70
6 months: £85
12 months: £100

Buy a Bassenthwaite Lake rowing boat permit online

Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard permits

You will need a kayak, canoe or paddleboad permit for each craft you take onto the water. You will need a fishing permit as well if you want to fish from your paddlecraft.

1 day:  £6
7 days:  £20
1 month: £40
3 months: £50
6 months: £65
12 months: £80

Buy a Bassenthwaite Lake kayak, canoe or paddleboard permit online

Sailing boat and dinghy permits

You will need a sailing boat and dinghy permit for each craft you take onto the water. You will need a fishing permit as well if you want to fish from your boat or dinghy.

1 day:  £10
7 days:  £30
1 month: £60
3 months: £70
6 months: £80
12 months: £100

Buy a Bassenthwaite Lake sailing boat permit online

Boat stand and boat season permit

We have boat stands available at Peel Wyke and Beck Wythop. Send us your details and we'll contact you to discuss your needs and issue your stand and licence.

Apply for a boat stand and season permit