Also known as Roadford Reservoir, Roadford Lake is a popular choice of venue for kayakers looking for easy going conditions when visiting the South West. Although paddling on the sea is a great experience, sometimes due to harsh weather, or lack of personal skill and/or confidence, an inland location, such as this, would be a better choice of venue.

A picturesque part of Cornwall, in its own right, and having the added benefit of warm showers and changing rooms on hand, Roadford is a good choice of spot for those learning and improving or advanced paddlers looking for a relaxed session.

The tranquillity of the area that Roadford nestles within is enjoyed by many types, not just watersports enthusiasts. Walkers, cyclists and other land activities can all be found within the
surrounding area.

For paddlers, a launch fee is applicable and proof of third party insurance will need to be given, such as BCU (British Canoe Union) membership, so as to cover you in the unlikely event of a collision. This is a small price to pay for being able to kayak in stunning surroundings.

How to get there:

Accessible via Stowford Cross on the A30.


You’ll find changing facilities, a clubhouse, café, activity centre, educational facility, campsite, function suite and options for cycling, fishing and walking.


Other water users at busy times will need to be avoided, and the usual incumbent risks that go hand in hand with watersports will need to be kept in mind. Roadford, however, is a safe and sheltered Stretch of water that’s fit for all levels of kayaker.

Ins and Outs:

Dropping in from the Activity Centre is the best course of action and you’ll find all the showering and changing room facilities here. The campsite is adjacent and visitors would do a lot worse than making a weekend of it (or longer) with such a great spot right out front.


From April through to September the Lakeside Café is open on weekend evenings. Each Friday and Saturday you can enjoy après paddle nosh and drink. If the weather is not playing ball for kayaking there are plenty of other activities on offer to help you while away the hours.


Roadford Lake (or reservoir) is a manmade stretch of water that is fed by the River Wolf. Found on the Devon/Cornwall border, eight miles east of Launceston, this fresh water lake is a haven for those of a watersport bent and accommodates dinghy sailors, windsurfers, kayakers, rowers, fishing and land based activity hunters. Roadford is the largest body of inland water in the region where those who fancy a thrash round on a kayak will be well served.


Roadford Lake



South West Lakes Trust
Roadford Lake tourist information