Angling & fisheries

Angling and fisheries

The current portfolio of angling venues includes 27 Gravel Pits and 17 stretches of River/Flood Channel that facilitate coarse angling comprising of 29 different venues of which 15 are directly managed by the Fisheries department, 13 are licensed to Angling Clubs, Societies and Consortia and one which is jointly managed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Updated 12 May 2020

Keeping our visitors, staff and volunteers safe is our top priority. We’ve assessed the latest advice from the Government on Coronavirus and decided that our fisheries can reopen under the guidance.
It’s essential that social distancing rules are followed at all times. We’ll only be able to keep our fisheries open if anglers follow this advice. 
Our angling venues will reopen on Wednesday 13 May for existing 2019-20 season permit holders, except Walton’s Walk which reopens on Tuesday 16 June. 
Only one angler can fish at each swim, except for double swims where two are allowed, but you must keep two metres apart at all times. 
Please read our FAQs and full Health and Safety guidance  before setting out.
All gravel pit permit holders will be able to fish up until midnight on 1 August on their existing permits. The new 2020-21 season will start on 2 August and run until 15 June 2021. 
In July, we’ll be contacting existing members with the automatic renewal option as usual. The waiting lists will be opened if allocation of existing membership allows, or there are places available. Application forms for Non-Waiting List fisheries will become available in time for the new season starting 2 August.
Please stay safe, respect social distancing and act responsibly at all times.



Lee Valley Regional Park offers a range of options to the specimen angler. From large, open gravel pits to smaller mature lakes, from vast flood relief system to the intimate and wild feeling Old River Lee. All residing species grow to and are regularly caught at specimen weights with Carp to over 50lb, Barbel to over 17lb, Chub over 9lb, Perch over 5lb, Bream over 16lb, Tench 14lb.
Please take a look through our Get Hooked guide for more information. 
The Lee Valley Fisheries team directly manage the following:   
You can find out more about our angling venues here or have an overall look at our map
Some of our fisheries are licenced to angling clubs, societies and consortia. Find out who’s running these venues and who to contact here
Our fisheries are situated throughout Essex and Hertfordshire. See our prices, how to apply for a season permit or join a waiting list here.
Our gravel pits are open all year round with the river systems following the traditional closed season from 15 March – 15 June All fish must be returned to where they were caught alive. Our dedicated team manage our Fisheries to ensure our high standards of sustainable and environmental practice are being followed by all. To read more about the rule and conditions of our angling venues please click here.
If you have any questions about our sites please email our fisheries team.


Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (Fisheries)

Holyfield Hall Farm
Stubbins Hall Lane
Waltham Abbey
Essex EN9 2EG

03000 030622*

*Calls will be charged at local rate

Read our health and safety advice for permit and day ticket holders here.

You can find  FAQs about the reopening of  our fisheries here.


Useful contacts

Environment Agency
General enquiries: 01707 632 300
Emergency: 0800 807 060
Some of fisheries in Lee Valley Regional Park are run directly by licensed angling clubs. Contact details for each club can be found here 
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