As suggested by the name, many of the activities in Rutland Water Park centre on the reservoir that dominates it. With a surface area of 10.86 km2, this is the largest reservoir in England and is set within 4,200 acres of open countryside. There are 4.8 km, 8 km and 40 km (3, 8 and 25 mi) tracks around the reservoir for walking and cycling, with bike hire available. There’s also a water sports centre and sailing club providing equipment hire and tuition.
The reservoir is known for world class trout fishing in season (mid-March to the end of January), with boat hire available; it also hosts international competitions.
The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Ramsar site, and part of the park is a nature reserve with entrance is by permit only - day tickets and season tickets are available. Bird watching is a key activity here; in fact, the park is home to the first breeding ospreys in Britain for 150 years and hosts the British Bird Watching Fair in August annually.
The reserve also offers nature trails and 31 hides for bird watching with some disabled access. Elsewhere in the park, there is a climbing wall with an aerial adventure course, an abseil tower and trampolines.