The Lake

The lake is approximately 8 acres in size, and fed by two streams and two land drains. It has a large outlet ('canal') approx 8 to 10 feet wide and 300 meters long.

Lily pads are abundant, with large beds at both ends, and to the side of all swims. There are established reed beds, bull rushes and mature foliage all around.

The lake bed is very even, and fairly featureless. It has a reasonably soft bottom, with little detritus and very little weed. The main features (other than the pads and island) are the drop-offs that occur approximately one rod length out and go down very quickly from 4-5' by the edge of the pads to 7-13 feet in the centre. The bottom of these drop offs is as good a place to start as any, along with the consistent margins.

Open water is 11-12 feet deep at the east end sloping gradually up to around 6 feet towards the outlet end. There are some large bloodworm beds, and fish show in open water frequently.

Blakemere was referred to years ago as 'Black Mere' due to its peaty water colour. It was formed in the ice ages along with most of the other Shropshire meres and is abundant in natural life. 


 
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