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adult ticket from: 10  junior from: 8

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Buckland Lake Reserve - Coarse and Trout Fishery

Buckland lake reserve is situated near the historic village of Cliffe in Kent, the area has been transformed from a chalk quarry into a thriving nature reserve over a 60 acre site. The lakes hold a mix of fish with some good size trout to around 10lb and specimen pike and carp to nearly 30lb.

Tuition is available at Buckland Lake Fishery for both Coarse and Trout fishing, which is designed for complete beginners, intermediates or people wanting a refresher course.

Nature: There is some stunning wildlife to be seen at Buckland Reserve you may spot reptiles:- grass snakes, adders and slow worms, field mice, voles, orange ants. The reserve is very popular with birdlife and you may spot:- swans, coots, sparrow hawks, tufted ducks, collard doves, cormorants, green woodpeckers, wagtails, finches, great crested grebes, kingfishers....

Disabled Access: There is good disabled access to both the coarse and trout lake along with disabled toilets, lake side parking is also available to disabled badge holders.

News 2013 - A new specimen lake has been opened that has a good stock of fish from 10 to 28lb.
- Other additions include over 100 common and mirror carp to around 3lb each have been introduced to the mixed coarse fishing lake.

Whats New
A new cafe has recently opened 2015 serving breakfast, lunches.. along with a new tackle shop.

Other Activities: Buckland lake reserve has a number picnic areas for non anglers where you can enjoy the reserve and wildlife. There is also a dive centre where you can learn and qualify to scuba dive.

fish species

Mirror Carp Common Carp barbel Rudd Roach Perch
Mirror Carp:
Common Carp:
barbel: ?lb Rudd: 4lb Roach: 4lb Perch : ?lb
Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Pike      
Rainbow Trout:
1 - 10lb
Brown Trout:
1 - 10lb
Pike: 28lb      

fishing lakes (2)

Lake Reserve

Above photograph was taken in 2009 and shows the position of the lakes, the surrounding area has since matured.


Cafe Disabled Access Night Fishing Car Parking Tackle Shop Toilets

ticket prices

Coarse Lake
Adult Day Ticket: £10 (2 rods)
Junior / OAP / Disabled: £8
24 hour fishing: £25 - (night fishing by appointment only)

2 Fish limit: £22
4 Fish limit: £35
*Additional fish @ £3.50 per lb caught. *Under either of these tickets, all fish caught up to the limit of the ticket must be landed and taken

Sporting Ticket: £12
Trout caught on a sporting ticket must be returned to the water undamaged, maximum of 5 trout

contact details

Address: Buckland Road
Cliffe Nr Rochester

Telephone: 01634 220005 (fishery manager)
Mobile: 07946 522076
Email: bucklandfishery@gmail.com
Website: www.bucklandlake.co/


This is a fast and easy route * From the M2, at junction 1, take the A289 turning for Wainscot, Grain and Medway City Estate. * Turn 2nd Left onto the B2000 (Lower Rochester Road) heading for Cliffe. * Three quarters of a mile after Cliffe Woods (please respect the 30 mph speed limit) turn left into ‘Rectory Road’.   This has a slip road leading up to it and is just past the millstone with Cliffe carved on it (not the earlier millstone at Cliffe Woods). *At the end of Rectory Road turn right into Buckland Road. *Buckland Lake Reserve and Fishery is approximately one hundred yards on the left hand side. Nearest Postcode ME3 7RT (this will try to take you left into Buckland Road but you need to turn right)

user reviews

"Carp are glouriously shaped"

"Not my idea of a venue worth sitting at all day, seem very keen for you to leave promptly at7,even midsummer. Carp are glouriously shaped but no fight even on a 9 foot feeder rod. Tiny perch and usual small Rudd. Fish at this time still not showing bar for the carp.anycarp over ten pounds being shipped too the specimen lake. A no keep net rule kills pleasure fishing for the small stuff . Plenty of weed growth at the moment can make feeder fishing hard work. In conclusion I do wonder if this development is a fishery or just a reason for the owners to develop a once natural pit into a commercial enterprise".
review from Luke

"only caught one fish"

"I didn't think this venue was worth sitting around all day for. I've been fishing since I was 8 years old and I'm now 52 so I know a thing or two. I only caught one fish during my session here, which was a very nice specimen of Crucian Carp. I did take a stroll over the back from my swim which backs onto the Specimen lake which has been created by netting off a section of the big main lake. It was a hot day and I spotted two large carp nosing along the surface in the crystal clear water only about 2 metres or so from the bank. I would like to try my luck with these two fish which I guess were around the twenty pound mark, but I wouldn't come back to fish the mixed course lake in a hurry.".
review from Smudgemeister

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