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Planned closure of Blenheim Palace fishery

With sadness we must announce the closure of the fishery on the Blenheim Palace Lake from 28th September 2018 for the foreseeable future. Many who have fished the lakes over the many decades will have fond memories of their experience at Blenheim Palace, but in recent years it has not been without its challenges from wildlife and regular algal blooms as a result of the large amounts of silt accumulated in the Queen's Pool.

With these challenges in mind we are soon to embark on an ambitious project, alongside the Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England, to restore the lakes with an initial phase and drawdown of the lakes beginning this year and a main dredge in 2020. The drawdown of water in October will allow inspection of the vital infrastructure within the lakes and around Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge which will begin a restoration program also in 2020 lasting a few years.  

We plan, as part of the dredging and repair projects, to rebalance fish stocks within the lakes and will reassess the future of the lake’s fishery after 2020 as part of that process.  

Once again this is not a decision we have taken lightly as so many will have such fond memories of fishing at Blenheim Palace, but we do so knowing anglers will sympathise with challenges we face and understand that the restoration of the Queen’s Pool is in the long-term interests of all who enjoy the Blenheim Palace Lake.


For details on booking your boat from now until 28th September, please see below.

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Health and safety

Life jackets should be worn by all fishermen hiring a boat. You can bring your own or there are two provided in the compartment on each boat.

If you use our lifejackets we ask you to return them to the bag where they came from and store them in the same place for the next user.

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Once a boat is booked and paid for there can be no refunds. However, we may be able to change the date of the booking provided that advance notice is given at least five days beforehand, subject to availability (small admin fee applies), with exception of the first two weeks of the season. 

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The Great Lake in the picturesque Park at Blenheim Palace provides an exceptional setting for coarse fishing from a boat. The coarse fish are Tench, Bream, Roach, Perch, Carp and Pike. All fish must be released alive back into the lake. Fishing is available from a boat only.

Bank fishing is not available. There is no hire equipment or bait shop on site, so please be sure to bring everything you need for a day of fishing. There are 16 boats available.

Please be aware that Coarse Fishing will be CLOSED on the following dates for the 2018-19 Season.

2nd September: Classic and Supercar Show


We would also like to inform you that there will be a Children’s Summer Camp being held between 6-17 August 2018 and as these activities are close to and on the lake (canoeing), there will be some noise.

There is a family cycling day within the Park on Sunday 19th August 2018, therefore early arrival at 6am is preferable in order not to be delayed.

To see other events please go to our Events page:

Boat size Price per boat
One person £28.00
Two people £36.50
Three people £38.50

Please download and read the brochure before booking a boat. If you have any queries please call 01993 810520.

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