Canoeing & fishing

The East Lyn is a challenging grade 5 canoe trail © National Trust

The East Lyn is a challenging grade 5 canoe trail

Canoeing

You are welcome to canoe on the East Lyn River from Watersmeet House down to Lynmouth between 1 October and 31 March, if there is enough water in the river.

Before you visit

Read our canoeing leaflet and visit our webcam. If the water level is 'green' you are welcome to canoe. If the water level is 'red', it's too low for safe paddling.

Choose from plenty of different fishing pools and enjoy the tranquillity © National Trust

Choose from plenty of different fishing pools and enjoy the tranquillity

Fishing

Salmon

The season runs from 1 March - 30 September (catch and release only until the 16 June).

Sea trout and brown trout

The season runs from 15 March - 30 September (no worm or maggot until 1 June).

Day and week permits are available from Watersmeet House and other local businesses, for more information please download our leaflet.

Both salmon and sea trout are being effected on the East Lyn river © Quarry Bank Images

Both salmon and sea trout are being effected on the East Lyn river

East Lyn Fishery closure

The salmon and sea trout on the East Lyn river at Watersmeet are currently suffering from a disease. It is not yet clear what the disease is, but for conservation reasons the Environment Agency have placed a ban on fishing on this stretch of the river.

Please download and read the information below to find out more.

Help us protect our rivers for the future

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