Longham Lakes

Longham Lakes

Longham Lakes, located close to the idyllic town of Ferndown in Dorset, offers a fantastic day out for all.

We manage the site to benefit the environment. It boasts a comprehensive bird list of over 147 species and offers a tranquil retreat with scenic footpaths providing breath-taking views of both lakes. In summer the lakes are surrounded by rushes and reeds with wild flowers in abundance, providing ample photo opportunities.

Whist lake one is specifically for fishing, lake two is used by local clubs for canoeing, model yachts and model planes. The car park is currently for authorised users only however all are welcome to enjoy a walk at this beautiful location.

Public access all year round except for Christmas Day.



Car Park for authorised users only (8am to 1 hour after sunset)

Dog Friendly – Please pick up after your dog


Coarse Fishing


Longham Lakes, Ringwood Road, Ferndown BH22 9AB

Telephone: 01202 581411
Email: [email protected]

Public Access

These two pretty lakes offer an enjoyable walking trail to try. The area is a popular bird watching site with a wide variety of birds to look out for on the water. It’s a really peaceful spot, ideal for an easy afternoon stroll. Take a picnic or enjoy refreshments at the nearby Haskins Garden Centre.

Study Centre

The study centre is available for the local community to hire with the focus being on education, conservation and training. For more information or for bookings call 01202 581411.

Community Activities

Whist lake one is specifically for fishing, lake two is used by local clubs including: Dorset’s Ultimate Canoe Kayak Squad, Christchurch Model Yachting, Poole Radio Yacht Club and the Christchurch and District Model Flying Club. It is also enjoyed by bird watchers.


Longham Lake has gained a reputation as one of Dorset’s top Coarse fisheries, producing many double figure Pike, Bream and Carp. Longham River also provides quality fishing for Roach, Barbel, Chub, Pike, Dace, Bream and Carp. Find out more here.

Become a Friend of South West Lakes

Our charity cares for the natural and historic environments surrounding the lakes of the south west. By becoming a Friend of South West Lakes, you can support our purpose of protecting special places for wildlife and people, whilst also receiving free car parking at all of our lakes across the south west (including Longham Lakes) for a year, among other benefits.

To find out more and sign up to be a Friend, visit our South West Lakes Trust website.

Did you know?

Planning permission was granted in 1994 for the formation of lakes to provide bankside storage to improve the security of the water supply for local customers. In 2009 the first lake was brought on line as a fishery shortly followed by the second lake.