Alton Watersports Launching & Storage

Nothing can beat the freedom that comes with having and using your own equipment and here at Alton Water we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get out on the water and make the most of your leisure time. Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding; whatever your choice of sport we have a variety of launch and sailing boat storage options to suit everyone. 

Day Launch Permits

Don't want an annual permit? We offer a range of day launch options which are issued from the Watersports Centre upon your arrival. 

Please note: Powered and Inflatable craft are not permitted on the water. 

Launch Permits

For those of you with windsurfing equipment, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards, we offer launch only permits which come with no storage facilities. This option is also available for those of you with boats who keep them off site and prefer to trailer them to Alton Water and launch on an ad-hoc basis.

Storage Permits

'On land' storage for your boat is available at Alton Water making access to the water even easier.

Please note we are not a sailing 'club' and individual personal memberships are not required. 

Please note we cannot offer storage facilities for, SUP's, kayaks or canoes. 

Great Value Annual Permits

Whatever your choice of watersports, we have a wide range of annual permits available so there is bound to be one to suit your needs; all of our annual permits allow access to Alton Water when the watersports entrance is open and comes with an Anglian Water annual car parking pass which can be used at any Anglian Water owned park including Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Alton Water and Ravensthorpe Reservoir to name a few. Please note that annual launch permits issued from Alton Watersports will not allow launching of craft onto any other Anglian Water reservoirs. 

Terms and Conditions, Rules of Sailing and Local Byelaws apply to all launch and storage permits. 

Annual permits run from April 1st to March 31st.

Also available are pro rata permits from October onwards.


Family Launch
Adult Launch
Senior Launch
Junior Launch
Overnight Storage
Monthly Storage
Annual Storage


Full day Craft launch
Half day Craft launch (from 2pm)

What you need to know…

Whether you're visiting for the day or are a regular water user, you will be required to register with the Watersports Centre each time, before proceeding onto the water.

Access may be disrupted at certain times due to other activities/events taking place. 

Points to remember
Launching of any craft is prohibited when the Alton Watersports Centre is closed.
Powered and inflatable craft are not permitted. 
Buoyancy aids or life jackets must be worn at all times whilst on or near the water including on pontoons. Only Life Jackets provided by Anglian Water are permitted. 
All water users must keep 50m from all fishing boats.
Sailing limits, local byelaws and rules of sailing must always be observed.
Public liability and third-party insurance cover, for a minimum of £5,000,000, must be held.
The last launch of the day is one hour before ‘off the water’ time (if there are no launches the centre will close earlier).
The maximum speed limit around Alton Water Park is 10mph. 
Please manoeuvre your craft carefully and respectfully and always use a banks person when using the slipway.
Launching and Landing is only permitted on the shore in front of the Waterports Centre
Certain weather conditions eg. wind, may prevent the launching of equipment.
Enclosed kayaks must be using a "buddy system" i.e there must be an accompanying craft, at all times in case of emergency.


Equipment Storage at Rutland Water


Membership Application Forms

Please find below the Membership Appication Form and the Terms and Conditions.

Membership Application

Annual permit / Season Ticket Application Form (April 2022 to March 2023)

Terms and Conditions

Alton Watersports: Terms and Conditions for Permit Holders of Any Type

Rules of Sailing

Alton Watersports Centre/Anglian Water Services - Rules of Sailing 2022-2023

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.