Coate Water Country Park’s centrepiece is a 56 acre reservoir and smaller lake. Most of the site, including all water-covered areas, is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest to protect the wildlife and wildflower meadows.
The lake has important habitats for waterfowl, herons, reed bunting and warblers in spring; it’s also worth looking out for dragonflies and damselflies. Fishing by permit is available for carp, pike and bream.
There are walks suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs on level, surfaced paths, including a 2.7 km (1.75 mi) route around the lake. In the woodland areas, deer and foxes can be seen and there is a bird hide. From May to September, there is also a splash park for children and Coate Water Miniature Railway operates each Sunday and Bank Holidays.