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Lake Wardens

Our Lake Wardens look after Windermere, they operate a patrol and rescue service and are fully trained in first aid.      

They also provide RYA powerboat training for other agencies such as:

  • Cumbria Fire and Rescue
  • Cumbria Constabulary
  • National Trust

They work with schools to provide water safety days and visits to the lake. They also help with events.

They are responsible for the administration of:

This includes over 1000 swinging moorings in 28 areas of the lake available for boats up to 14m. Boats 11m to 14m subject to suitable site availability and insurance approval.

All commercial hire craft carrying 12 or fewer passengers must be licenced due to The Public Health Act 1907. The wardens are the licensing authority for any craft in South Lakeland. Further information is available for commercial boat licensing.

We own the bed of Windermere, which is England's largest and longest natural lake.

It is subject to a public right of navigation, speed limits and boat registration.

More information is available from the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA).

Windermere is an important site for nature conservation but it is also a source of drinking water as well as receiving treated waste effluents.

A public highway crosses the lake via a ferry.

Bowness on Windermere, Windermere and Ambleside are the main villages around the lakeshore where you can find accommodation, shops, restaurants, pubs and other attractions.


The wardens operate a public slipway for trailered craft up to 8 tonnes. 

Their office at Ferry Nab is open every day except Christmas Day, opening hours vary according to the time of the year.

They can help with:

  • boat registration
  • a public launch facility  
  • car and trailer parking
  • public jetties
  • mast hoist
  • picnic area
  • hot and cold snacks
  • boat and trailer storage
  • dinghy storage
  • showers
  • waste disposal point and a recycling point

Multimap for directions to Ferry Nab

Opening hours vary throughout the year, please contact the Lake Wardens for details.