Lodge Lake is one of the city's balancing lakes, designed to hold the excess floodwater from the valley until it can be slowly released into Loughton Brook. Before the lakes were created Loughton village was regularly flooded.
The Lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.
What to see and do
Before the advent of the new city of Milton Keynes Loughton village was a thriving rural community. A short detour at the lake’s south end, under the H5 Portway, brings you into Loughton. Some of the buildings you can see from the village green date back to the 16th century. But there was probably a settlement here in Saxon times, or even earlier. Originally there were two villages: Little and Great Loughton, separated by the brook. Each had its own church, manor house and farms. They were joined together to form Loughton village in 1408.
Along the lakeside there is a Trim Trail - a series of exercise stations with instructions on how to use them to increase all-round fitness.
Lodge Lake is very popular for its fishing. It is Milton Keynes Angling Association's longest established carp fishery and there are some huge fish to be caught here. One recent catch was a mirror carp weighing in at a whopping 22lb 8oz !
MKAA members can fish for free during the open season while non members need to purchase a day ticket from the roving baliff. For more information please call MKAA on either 01908 270000 or 660579 or visit their website.
For events in this area see our events pages.
Lodge Lake is a good spot to enjoy rich and varied birdlife such as herons, swans, little grebes and even the occasional kingfisher.
Need to know
Lodge Lake is located within a rectangle made by the A5, H4 Dansteed Way, V4 Watling Street, and H5 Portway. Loughton is immediately south on the other side of the H5.
The park and car park are open at all times throughout the year. There is no admission fee.
There is one car park for the site. This is located on Bradwell Road, just off H4 Dansteed Way.
There are no public toilets at this site.
None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about 5 miniutes walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.
Access is generally good as the site is flat and there are numerous benches and picnic tables for those wishing to take a break.
Make a day of it
If you're feeling more energetic you can extend your outing by following Loughton brook north under the road at the Lake’s north end towards Bradwell Abbey.