Canvey Lake


Following the notice of confirmed designation placed on Canvey Lake on the 8th August 2018 and issued by the Fish Health Inspector of the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) acting as the competent authority for the purposes of the Aquatic Animal Health (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, the Town Council can now confirm that examinations of samples taken by CEFAS from the dead common carp found evidence for the presence of koi herpesvirus (KHV) disease and that their diagnostic testing for these samples is now complete.

The Town Council’s Community Warden continues to attend the site daily, walking banks and observing the fish stock where possible.

There are no implications for human and animal health.

For more information please contact the Fish Inspector on 01305 206700 or

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Following further inspections by CEFAS it has been recommended that Canvey Lake remain closed until January 2019.


The Town Council have a 99 year lease which was signed on the 1st March 2010 and a management agreement with Castle Point Borough Council (the land owner) and is run through a Common Liaison Committee of 2 borough councillors, 2 town councillors and an independent chairman.

The Lake is a public open space and provides a local focal point for informal recreation for the population of Canvey Island and has an important role in environmental education and drawing wildlife into an urban environment.  There is an abundance of healthy wildlife, however, the area has been neglected for some years and a remedial works programme has now been instigated to enhance and protect the area and its visitors following a consultation, which took place in May 2011 to review the works that the Town Council want to achieve.  This was carried out both in the Town Council office during the period of 17th May to 17th June 2011 and at the Wildlife Day at Canvey West Marshes on the 28th May 2011.

Extensive work needs to be done to bring the lake back into good condition and the Town Council will be actively seeking a partnership with an established or new Fishing Club.  The Committee is committed to improving the lake for the whole of the community. 

The Town Councils aim is to enhance the whole area of Canvey Lake in phases to create a recreation area, fishing area and wildlife area.  It will be conducted in 3 phases and proposed to be completed within a 3 year period. The issues that are being addressed are definitive bank edges, naturally occurring bank erosion, water flow rates, abundant reed growth and areas of uneven ground.

There is also an issue with the large volume of deposited litter.  Regular patrols by the Town Council Community Warden are carried out to combat offender instances and when the Town Council take over the  existing grond maintenance contract in May 2013 we will become responsible for the appointment of a new contractor to carry out all grounds maintenance requirements at this site.

Work was completed to clear the lake of rubbish in 2011 which had plagued the lake for many years.  It is hoped that once works have started to enhance this area that instances of littering and fly tipping will reduce dramatically and that the community will want to preserve and protect this local reserve.

This proposed works project is fully dependent on obtaining funding from various sources as the Town Council have the funds to complete minor work and can fund some of the work but will not have the funds to carry this project forward fully which could potentially affect the whole community as the lake is a central point and location on the Island and could be a great place to visit for everyone.

Canvey Island Town Council has imposed a "No Fishing Zone" over part of Canvey Lake.  The zone covers that part of the lake, which was previously reserved by Castle Point Borough Council for the use of Canvey Island Coarse Anglers. This is at the western end of the lake, near the Oysterfleet Hotel, where children together with their parents or grandparents have historically fed the waterfowl and used the bankside for recreational purposes.  The Town Council are keen to ensure that this lake is able to be enjoyed by the whole community and are now considering options to ensure that this is possible.

Fishing at Canvey Lake

Rules of Fishing

Fishing is permitted for all designated users in the designated areas only. 

  1. Fishing is strictly limited from dawn to dusk during British Summer Time (sunrise and sunset GMT) and thereafter from dawn to 8pm.  Night fishing is prohibited. 
  2. All Anglers aged 12 years or over must be in possession of a valid Environment Agency rod licence.  Any children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.  
  3. Fishing is only permitted in the designated areas. Vegetation or aquatic weeds must not be cut or removed without first obtaining permission from the Town Council.  
  4. All fish must be returned to the water immediately after being caught. 
  5. The movement of fish stocks from one body to another is strictly prohibited. 
  6. All litter and waste must be removed from your swim, even if it is not your own (Litter includes cigarette butts).  
  7. No radios or other musical equipment shall be used while on site.  All noise shall be kept to a minimum. 
  8. No campfires must be lit on the ground.  
  9. Vehicles are prohibited from the lake area. 
  10. Anglers must abide by the general open spaces bylaws.
  11. Any infringement of these rules or other anti-social activities witnessed must be reported to the Town Council or Police.


  1. Except by prior consent Anglers are restricted to 2 x Rod or 2 x Pole per person.
  2. Barbless hooks must be used. (micro barbed or semi barbed)
  3. Shot weight must be lead free
  4. Keep nets are not permitted
  5. Nut baits are not permitted
  6. All unused bait must be removed from site, to prevent rats.
  7. To prevent harm to wildlife please remove any discarded fishing tackle.
  8. Tents are not permitted.


The Town Council maintains the following rights:

  • To ban any fishing method or bait it deems to be causing harm to fish or wildlife.
  • To use and reserve any area of the lakes for its own purposes, such as pond dipping or conservation tasks.
  • To suspend all fishing and access to the park or certain areas of the park in extreme circumstances such as a risk to public safety.


Confirmation of Byelaws