Improvement work at Cwmcarn fishing lake complete

Work carried out by Natural Resources Wales to improve the fishing lake at Cwmcarn Forest has been completed.

NRW staff has carried out a habitat improvement project which included creating a temporary dam at the top of the lake where the fish where held while the work took place.

The lake is popular with anglers of all ages and abilities and has introduced many younger and disabled anglers to the sport.

NRW has worked in partnership with Cwmcarn Angling Association and Caerphilly County Borough Council to develop the lake and its facilities which include several fishing platforms including one specially designed for disabled anglers.

Michael Clyde, South East Fisheries Team Leader for Natural Resources Wales said:

“The lake is a wonderful place for anglers and non-anglers alike where qualified coaches introduce the sport to a whole new audience through regular sessions for able-bodied and disabled adults and children in a safe environment.

“All the fish caught are subject to ‘catch and release’ with landing nets being used at all times. It’s a family lake and shared by all.”

The one acre lake also boasts seating areas, BBQ and picnic areas, car parking and toilets making it an ideal location for a family day out as well as fishing.

Councillor Ken James, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development, said:

“We know that this beautiful lake is one of the many special features that attract thousands of visitors to Cwmcarn Forest every year, so I’m delighted that the council was able to work with our partners at NRW to fund these important improvement works.”

Michael added:

“The improvement work will ensure the fish population of the lake will remain healthy and continue to provide enjoyment for anglers.

“The fishing lake is just one of many attractions that will remain open at Cwmcarn while we carry out felling work to combat a disease killing larch trees in the forest.

“Visitors can still enjoy the visitor centre, play areas, footpaths and mountain bike trails which will remain open all year round."

The £12,000 cost of the project was jointly funded by NRW and Caerphilly County Borough Council.

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