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 the 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 know 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.
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