Jack’s Lake


Northfield Road, Cockfosters, EN4 9DW, Enfield, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

Hosted by the Hadley Angling and Preservation Society, Jack’s Lake offers a picturesque and storied fishing spot. This lake is the lowest of three originally constructed in the late 1880s for Squire Charles Jake, who owned Beech Hill House.

While the other two lakes are no longer accessible, Jack’s Lake continues to welcome visitors.

Over the decades, Jack’s Lake served as a destination for boating and fishing on a day-pass basis, before it began to deteriorate. The revival began in 1982 when the Society took charge, rejuvenating the lake by draining it, clearing overgrown vegetation, enhancing the banks, and restocking it with fish.

The lake features 44 fishing stations, 29 of which are available on a day-pass basis, with the rest reserved for club members.

Fish species in the lake include carp, bream, roach, tench, chub, pike, rudd, gudgeon, eels, and barbel.

What size do the fish go to?

Carp can weigh as much as 26 pounds. Bream reach weights of up to seven pounds, and tench can weigh as much as six pounds. Chub can tip the scales at four pounds, and pike caught here can weigh up to 14 pounds.

What facilities are on site?

Getting to the lake requires navigating woodland paths, which may not be suitable for some anglers with disabilities. The site lacks specific facilities for disabled visitors, but there is one fishing station that is accessible to wheelchairs.

Is parking available?

Anglers must park on the roadway nearby. There is no on-premises parking here.

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