Cargill Lake

Cargill lake is eleven acres in total and open all year round but sometimes we close for a few days if the Carp are spawning.

It is surrounded with an Otter Fence, with the Colne Brook running parallel on two sides and the railway along with another.

Two rods are normal with a third rod charge of £35.00 per year. Night fishing is allowed, but we do have rules about what baits and how much can be used for groundbait ( See Rules for Cargill Lake ). There is also a 72hour limit.

Cargill Lake can be reached by walking downstream of the river from Wraysbury Railway Station car park, or walking upstream from the car park at Watts Pool and walking across the footbridge.

Cargill is the society’s prime specimen water, on the border of a nature reserve for wintering wildfowl, a stunning venue to fish, with many rare birds inhabiting the lake. The lake is quite deep, 20 feet in places, with one main bar being the dominant feature.

Bait boats or any use of boats is not allowed, other than for fishery management.

The river Colnebrook runs behind the lake, and many anglers have a session in the river if the fishing is slow on the lake. This is not an easy water, but it does hold specimen-sized, Old English carp, with fish that are rarely caught. We had a DO crash in 2018 but have stocked 10 C4’s from Viv Shears since then, and good-sized fish are regularly seen cruising around.

Since 2018 we have prepared a five-year Management Plan for the lake and we are constantly trying to improve the water quality and the fishing.

Winter pike fishing is good, with fish coming to dead baits in the margins. There are some good size bream to be had for those anglers fishing for them, and we suspect that there are good size Perch but nobody fishes for them.

Visitor permits are available for Members £10 for one day £20 for 48 hours but Visitors must be accompanied by a Blenheim member at all times.

Permits are available from the Secretary

Cargill Lake is situated between Wraysbury Railway Station and Hythe End. The River Colne Brook runs around two sides of the lake. TQ 01547391 and the Post Code for the area is TW19 6HN. The Post Code will not take you close to the lake.

Parking is available at Wraysbury Railway Station Car park ( by Mobile costs £3.60/24 hours weekdays and £2/24 hours at weekends) OR free in the club car park beside Watts Pool.

From the railway station, you have to walk down the river path to the bridge over the river to the lake. 10 minutes, maybe 15 with a loaded barrow.

From Watts Pool, you walk upstream to the bridge. Longer walk, 15 minutes without a barrow and when conditions are muddy it can be a struggle

Maps

Known Species

  • Bream
  • Carp
  • Common Carp
  • Eel
  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach