Sale Water Park

Sale Water Park

Sale Water Park is an area of parkland containing a 52 acre artificial lake.  Opened in 1979 the water park lies in a area of green belt that runs through the Mersey river valley between Stretford and Sale.  The water park contains a lake, woodland, meadows, the River Mersey, cafe, restaurant and water sports centre.

The lake is popular with local anglers and it contains a wide variety of fresh water fish, such as catfish, eel, roach, perch and carp.  For fishing you can buy a day ticket or get a membership/permit for the year.  Those wanting to fish here must join Sale Water Park Angling Group.

Every week there is a free 5km parkrun event that takes you around the lake and along the banks of the River Mersey.  A lovely route in the summer.

Sale Water Park Restaurant

The restaurant is located by the lakeside and is called The Boathouse Restaurant where you can get a selection of hot and cold food.  It serves both lunch and dinner.  Menu consists of baked potatoes, sandwiches, pies, burgers, a few fish dishes, steaks and a Sunday roast.  There is a fully stocked bar that offers beers, wine or maybe a coffee to warm you up after a leisurely stroll around the lake.  For more information visit their website.

Opening Times For The Restaurant

Monday – Friday
Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner – 5:30pm – 9pm
Saturday 12pm – 9:30pm
Sunday 12pm – 8pm

Opening Times For The Bar

Monday – Saturday
 11:30pm – 11pm
11:30am – 9:30pm

Water Sports at Sale Water Park

Opened in 1988 Trafford Water Sports Centre is situated on the edge of the lake.  The centre provides facilities and training in paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing.  Whether you wish to hire your own boat or board there is really something for everyone at the centre.  There are also open all year round for group bookings whether it be a school or youth group, a stag or hen party or you want to get your colleagues out of work for the day and out into the great outdoors.

Open Water Swimming at Sale Water Park

The only open water swimming allowed at the Park is through Open Swim UK.  Swimmers will be asked to leave the water outside of these sessions.

Open Swim UK runs 4 sessions of open water swimming every week between May and September.

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Sale Water Park Car Park

There is a free car park on site that offers approx 50 spaces.

Opening Times

The Water park is open from dawn till dusk.
The water sports centre is open from the following times:
Weekends: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Bank Holidays: 9.00am – 5.00pm
School Holidays: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Metrolink Park and Ride

There are approx 300 parking spaces at the park & ride facilities if you are using the Metrolink tram.  There is no overnight parking available.


Sale Water Park, Rifle Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 2LX