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    Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid in Welsh) was the largest natural body of water in Wales prior to the level being raised to help support the flow of the The Bryn Canal. It is 4 miles / 6.4 km long by a mile / 1.6 km wide) and is subject to sudden and dangerous floods. It is crossed by the River Dee and its waters are famously deep and clear. The town of Bala sits at its northern end and the narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway runs for several kilometres along the lake's southern shore.

    Bala Lake has abundant pike, European perch, trout, eel and gwyniad. It also contains the very rare mollusc Myxas glutinosa - the Glutinous snail. According to legend the lake is inhabited by a monster known affectionately as Teggie.

    Also according to legend, while the Dee itself flows into the lake, the waters never mix.

    The lake now forms part of the River Dee regulation System and the level at its outflow is automatically controlled. Depending on flow conditions and the level of water in Llyn Celyn, water can flow either into the lake or out from the lake at the normal outflow point.

    In the 1990s the lake suffered from blooms of blue-green algae which indicated a significant and worrying eutrophication of the lake. Subsequent investigative work by the Environment Agency and the establishment of a partnership approach with the water industry, the farming community and others has put in place a plan for reducing discrete and diffuse pollution inputs to the lake.

    A number of companies provide kayaks, yachts and various other types of boats for rent to tourists. On holidays these services get very busy and forward booking is essential

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    more information from www.canoewales.com

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    There is a campsite halfway along the back side of the lake (South East) and numerous access points around the lake. A 12 month pass (20) can be bought when you are approached by the warden. There are parts round the lahe where you can camp and light camp fires.
    Will n Vicky

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    Quote Originally Posted by piper View Post
    There is a campsite halfway along the back side of the lake (South East) and numerous access points around the lake. A 12 month pass (20) can be bought when you are approached by the warden. There are parts round the lahe where you can camp and light camp fires.
    Late last year we camped on the side of the lake, just above the low water mark. We were approached by a gentleman, who informed us that we were not meant to camp lakeside. He was however very kind and allowed us to stay, in what he described as his garden.

    While chatting with him about our tent and canoes, we spotted an otter swimming just a few yards from us! The gentleman informed us it was the second time he had seen one in 15 years. A great moment for him and us!

    Any way, we still camp lake side; just be aware of landowners!

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    Anyone got any photos?


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    Have been looking for the thread about the Open Canoe weekend at Bala in October - but cant find it at the moment. That has loads of pics of Bala.


    Found it
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ead.php?t=7202
    Last edited by kharga; 26th-February-2008 at 08:38 AM. Reason: found link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Firestarter View Post
    Anyone got any photos?

    Here are load: http://vicks-pics.fotopic.net/c1361185.html

    But a lot of them are quite personal, but you did ask!
    Will n Vicky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Firestarter View Post
    Anyone got any photos?

    Have you tried Flickr here?
    Keith

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    Thanks for the links

    It looks fantastic, perfect for a spot of canoe sailing

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    Bala is a lovely lake to paddle, here is a picture I took whilst passing on my way to a gorge walk earlier this year.
    Leone_blanco

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    Here's a couple of pics taken by us while paddling on Bala







    But don't be fooled that it's always like this, we've had a frame tent damaged in bad weather on the campsite there, bent two of the poles.

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    More practical advice.

    The lake cost 3.50 per boat you are putting on (2009 prices). You can pay at the watersports office. We decided to take a chance and within 5mins of getting out the car the warden came along and took money off of us.

    I believe you can buy an annual pass for 20.

    The best place to access the lake is via the carpark at the watersports centre (bala end) but it costs to park the car here aswell. You can park in a little carpark near the bridge where the Dee leaves the lake. It doesnt cost but you have to wade through about 20m of marsh, up to your ankles to access the water, so your feet get wet.

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    The lake can also be accessed from a number of little car parks along the 'back' of the lake. Most of which are free. The camp site along that side of the lake also has good access. The 20 for a year is worth it if you paddle frequently. They also operate a 'rescue' service.
    Will n Vicky

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    There are various other places where parking and launching is free courtesy of the Snowdonia National Park.

    Also because the crowds tend to head for the Bala end of the lake you are also more likely to have a relaxing paddle.

    Here for example:


    There are even toilets and picnic benches.

    Of course there are also at least two campsites which have lakeside access for launching. One is here at Glanlynn - which is very good (it was used for the Canoe Symposium).

    Roly


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cellarman View Post
    But don't be fooled that it's always like this, we've had a frame tent damaged in bad weather on the campsite there, bent two of the poles.

    But it IS always like that;








    Just a quick note to add that if the office is shut you can pay the "launch fee" through the ticket machine at the car park.

    I was told that technically the "launch fee" is due even if you launch from private property, i.e. the Glanllyn campsite. The warden visits the campsite most mornings to collect, 11ish according to the campsite lady, but is a bit hit or miss & I never saw anyone there or in 5 hours on the lake.

    The money goes to the Snowdonia National Park Authority, so I personally would have paid it if I could find anybody to pay, not having change for the machine!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by piper View Post
    Here are load: http://vicks-pics.fotopic.net/c1361185.html

    But a lot of them are quite personal, but you did ask!
    Link not working for me ?

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