Canoeing and fishing at Watersmeet

White water and a red canoe

Enjoy a day fishing or canoeing on the river at Watersmeet.


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. Please be aware there are set points to access the water and these are highlighted on the leaflet detailed below. Do take the time to read this before you set of to canoe in this area.

Before you paddle - There is a guage under the bridge at Watersmeet House, if the water level is 'green' you are welcome to canoe. If the water level is 'red', it's too low for safe paddling.

Biosecurity for boat users - If you kayak on our rivers then please take the time to click through the link and read how you can help avoid spreading non-native species on clothes, equipment and boats.


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

Sea trout and brown trout - Season runs from 15 March - 30 September (no worm or maggot until 1 June).

Day and week permits available from Watersmeet House and other local businesses. Please contact us for more info

Safe fishing for habitat protection - Please do take the time to have a look at the Environment Agency guidelines for fishing.

Follow the guidelines when fishing
A salmon jumping out of the river

Canoeing and fishing leaflet

Plan your fishing or canoeing trip with this leaflet.