Lakes

LAKES

Wales has some of the most beautiful lakes in the UK - and fortunately many of them are accessible to paddlers.

Please note that your Canoe Wales waterways licence does not include lakes and reservoirs and there may be a charge to launch.
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DISCLAIMER: We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but we cannot promise that it is still true on the day you read it, You are advised to check locally before paddling. Canoe Wales takes no responsibility for the information provided - and your decision to paddle is always your own.
Cwmbran Lake
A small (3 acre) lake in Gwent used for canoeing and angling, a charge is applicable for launching. 
Facilities: Parking
Telephone: 01633 867642

Eirias Park Lake
This is a small boating lake in a public park in Colwyn Bay. Access arrangements can be made through the leisure centre manager.
Facilities: Parking
Telephone: 01492 533223 

Gresford Flash
This is a small artificial lake located near Gresford and is used mainly by Gresford Sailing Club.  
Facilities: Parking
Email: gresfordsc@which.net
Website: https://gresfordsailingclub.org.uk/ 

Llandegfedd Reservoir
A large (429 acre) reservoir with facilities located at the sailing school. It is used for a variety of watersports and paddling is permitted between 1st March - 31st October. Canoes and equipment can be hired from the sailing school - buoyancy aids and insurance are essential. 
Facilities: Parking, refreshments, picnic areas, trails and a shop
Telephone: 01633 373408
Website: http://www.llandegfedd.co.uk/

Llangorse Lake
Near to Brecon, this is a large (400 acre) lake popular for a variety of watersports. Permits are required and are available from the Caravan Park. These can be purchased daily or as season tickets. 
Facilities: Parking, picnic areas, camping and toilets
Telephone: 01874 658226
Email: reception@llangorselake.co.uk
Website: http://www.llangorselake.co.uk/the-lake/permit-launch-prices.html

Llyn Clywedog
A large (615 acre) lake at the top of the Afon Clywedog with various facilities. Charges and access arrangements for canoeing are available through the sailing club. 
Facilities: Parking, visitor centre, picnic areas, slipways and a warden
Telephone: 01686 640305
Website: https://clywedogsailing.org.uk/

Llyn Cosmeston
This natural lake is located between Barry and Penarth in a 200 acre country park. Cosmeston Country Park is mainly used for informal recreation: angling, sailing, sub-aqua, model boating, rowing and, of course, canoeing. The local authority manages the lake and it's associated facilities. 
Facilities: Parking, visitor information, picnic & BBQ areas, toilets
Telephone: 02920 701678
Email: cosmestonlakes@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Llyn Cyfartha
Just outside of Merthyr Tydfil, Llyn Cyfartha is run by the local authority. 
Telephone: 01685 725000
Email: customer.care@merthyr.gov.uk

Llyn Geiryonydd
This lake is between Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst in the Snowdonia National Park. The launch  point is a small slipway on a small slate beach. A charge for launching is made through and honesty box in the car park. It is a very popular watersports destination for windsurfing, waterskiing and canoeing among others. 
Facilities: Parking, slipway, toilets (at peak times)

Llyn Gwynant
This is a 113 acre natural lake on the Afon Glaslyn and is popular with local outdoor activity centres and in the summer. The campsite controls fees for launching.
Facilities: Parking, camping
Telephone: 01766 890302
Website: http://gwynant.com/activities/boat-launching/
Llyn Llech Owain
Managed by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llyn Llech Owain is located in Parc Gwledig, near Llanelli. The 10 acre lake is surrounded by peat bog with a network of paths from the visitor centre. Limited canoeing is permitted between August and February. 
Facilities: Parking, visitor centre, trails
Telephone: 01269 832229

Llyn Lliedi(Swiss Valley Reservoir)
There are 2 reservoirs built in Cwm Lliedi (also known as the Swiss Valley), and paddling is allowed on the bottom reservoir. Just north of Llanelli, it was built in 1878 to provide water for the area's growing metal work industries and domestic needs. The 34 acre lake is used for canoeing, angling and sailing, for organised groups please call Welsh Water to make arrangements. 
Facilities: Parking
Telephone: 01495 769281

Llyn Padarn
In Llanberis, Llyn Padarn is a popular lake for watersports in Snowdonia. Access to the water is easy, with sheltered bays which are a good location for instructing if other locations are too windy.
Facilities: Parking
Telephone: 01286 870892
Email: parcgwledigpadarn@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Llyn Tegid
Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) is a 1100 acre lake in north Wales. Launching fees are payable to the Snowdonia National Park Authority via the car parking machine. There is also a canoe trail on the lake: www.gobala.org/en/canoe-tours. 
Facilities: Parking, picnic areas, toilets and showers
Website: http://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/visiting/places-to-visit/llyn-tegid?name=

Llyn Trawsfynydd
This large lake in north Wales was extended to provide storage for the water needed by Trawsfynydd nuclear power station. Call the Power Station Visitor Centre for more details on 01766 540622. Traws-Newid are responsible for the lake and anyone wishing to canoe or set up a canoe club on the lake should contact the Traws-Newid manager.
Facilities: Parking 
Telephone: 01766 540400
Email: trawsnewid@btinternet.com

Llyn Vyrnwy
This large (454 acre) lake controls the flow regime on the Afon Vyrnwy and provides ample space for paddling. 
Facilities: Parking, visitor centre
Telephone: 01691 870615
Website: http://www.lake-vyrnwy.com/

Llynau Mymbyr
This is a popular lake near Capel Curig in north Wales and is a starting point for a trip down the Afon Llugwy. Parking is available in lay-bys along the A4086. Access is available by arrangement with Plas y Brenin.
Facilities: Parking
Telephone: 01690 720214
Email: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk 

Llys-y-Fran
A reservoir at the top of the Afon Syfynwy in Pembrokshire, not too far from Haverfordwest. Popular for canoeing, walking, bird watching and angling. Canoeing is permitted from 15th March - 31st October and a charge is applicable for launching. 
Facilities: Parking (£2), visitor centre, shop, café, toilet and trails
Telephone: 01437 532273
Email: llysyfran@dwrcymru.com

Marine Lake
A 29 acre lake in Rhyl, used by the local water ski club and occasionally canoeists. The lake is saltwater and enclosed by concrete sides and bottom. Paddling is permitted by day permit which is available on site.
Facilities: Parking (charged)
Telephone: 01824 708400
Email: rhyl.harbour@denbighshire.gov.uk

Usk Reservoir
West of Sennybridge, this 280 acre reservoir is near the source of the Usk. Access is only available to organised groups, for more information please contact Welsh Water.
Telephone: 01495 769280 
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