Activities on the water

Set sail in the National Forest and find activities on water. 

The National Forest isn’t just trees; there are rivers, canals, reservoirs and lakes a-plenty. From gentle canoe paddles along canals and rivers to riding the wind across reservoirs by sailboat or windsurfer, there are plenty of opportunities to make a splash in the National Forest.

Places to sail 

Here are just a few locations where you can sail in the National Forest. If you can't find what you're looking for visit our Visit Search, where you can search for all locations on or near water in the Forest.

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Local Canoeing & Rowing Clubs

Burton Canoe Club

Based in Burton upon Trent, this club organises a range of activities throughout the year.

Burton Leander Rowing Club

Burton Leander Rowing Club was formed in 1847 and is proud to be known as one of the oldest established rowing clubs in the United Kingdom. 

Trent Rowing Club

Trent Rowing Club is located next to the Burton Bridge in Burton upon Trent. 


Fishing is one of the largest recreational activities in the country and there are lots of places to fish across the National Forest. Whether you like to compete with other anglers or just relax by the water with your rod, there's something here for you.