"The cleanest lake in the North of England for open water swimming"


Report and pay at the red pickup.

The lake is exclusively open for open water swimming, diving, paddle boarding, canoeing, and dinghy sailing.

Paddle boarders, canoeists and kayakers etc. must all wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid when using the lake.

All divers must clean and sanitise their equipment before visiting Ellerton Park.

All participants must wear wetsuits.

All users of the lake must wear either a wetsuit or a life jacket.

Dogs are not allowed in to the car park.

Only one person on the jetty at any time. Please give priority to people leaving the water.

No spectators or groups allowed and no children under 16 unless participating with a parent.

Please park sensibly.

Correct money required - no change will be given, cash only (See price board at gate.)

All participants must leave immediately after their chosen exercise is completed.

Walking around the lake is prohibited.

No food or drink to be consumed on site.


We welcome Triathlon swimmers (no competitions at present) and open water swimmers for training. Please note all swimmers must wear wetsuits. Quoted by one of the leading triathlon magazines as "the cleanest lake in the north of England for swimming". Qualified instructors are available for open water swimming - book by appointment with Wild About Swimming.


The lake is very popular with divers and is ideal for training purposes with a maximum depth of 10 meters. There are certain objects placed within the lake for the more experienced divers to investigate and a platform for easy access in and out of the water. Visibility is generally very good as the lake is fed by natural springs.


For a great day out, come and spend a day on the water with your own sailing boat, canoe, kayak or paddle board. The easy access into the lake from our large car park makes it ideal for all non-motorised watersports.

The 60 acres of fresh water allows for plenty of scope for the more skilled operators whilst youngsters and beginners can try the smaller, quieter bays situated around the lake.

We also welcome schools, clubs and organisations.


Ellerton Park has an excellent reputation for course fishing and is fast becoming one of the best Carp waters in the area, with specimen fish being caught in excess of 30lb. The lake is also well stocked with Bream, Roach, Perch and Pike. Please note that we only offer season tickets for fishing on the lake.


The Scouts have their North Yorkshire water activities centre at Ellerton Park and can be seen here most weekends, using the water or camping adjacent to the Scout compound.



Prices for 2021

Scuba Diving Adults £9.00 per day / Children £5.00 per day


Canoeing, kayaking, sailing & paddle boarding Adults £9.00 per day / Children £5.00 per day
Open Water Swimmers Adults £6.00 per day / Children £4.00 per day
All other visitors (currently excluded) £1.00 per person

Opening Times

Open 9.00am, All Activities Close at 4.00pm, Gates Locked at 5.00pm


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Performance triathlon coach. Small groups or 1 to 1 swimming sessions. All abilities welcome. For more information call 07886444947 or email:-
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North Yorkshire Scouts Water Activities Team

Ellerton Park is the base for sailing and paddling for scouts in North Yorkshire and beyond.

(Contact: us by email)
Email - contact@nys.org.uk


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(Contact: John by email)
Email - john@paddlesportcoach.co.uk