Rutland Watersports Launching & Storage

Nothing can beat the freedom that comes with having and using your own equipment and here at Rutland 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

Do not 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 craft and beach toys are not permitted on the water. 

Launch Only 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 Rutland Water and launch on an ad-hoc basis.

This permit allows one craft on the water at any one time; for the windsurfing or sailing families among you who usually launch more than one board or boat at a time, please ask about our great value family permits. 

Launch and Storage Permits

This option is exactly the same as the launch only permit but also includes 'on land' storage of your boat. Please note we are not a sailing 'club' and individual personal memberships are not required. 

Please note we cannot offer storage facilities for windsurfers, 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 Rutland Water from Whitwell 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 Rutland Watersports will not allow launching of craft onto any other Anglian Water reservoirs. 

Holders also receive a 10% discount on services and purchases from the Watersports Centre, exclusions apply.

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 6 monthly summer permits running from April 1st to September 30th. 


Annual boat launch/storage
Extra Footage
£20.00 per extra foot (applicable to all craft over 16ft.)
Monthly storage
Annual launch only
Annual launch Junior (under 18) NT exc. Car Parking
Annual launch - paddle craft only


Launch (Summer is April to September)
Sailing/Windsurfing Summer day launch
Sailing/Windsurfing Winter day launch
Sailing/Windsurfing afternoon launch *summer season only
Paddle craft day launch

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.

Restricted access until 10:30am Sundays due to open water swimming session. 

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

Please note: Rutland Watersports is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday from November through to March and no launching of craft will be permitted on those days. 

Points to remember
Launching of any craft is prohibited when the Rutland Watersports Centre is closed.
Powered craft and beach toys are not permitted. 
Buoyancy aids or life jackets must be worn at all times whilst on or near the water including on pontoons.
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 £500,000, must be held.
Paddle craft launches are only permitted from Rutland Watersports ad are restricted to Whitwell creek only, access to the main body of the reservoir is strictly prohibited. 
Maximum sailing boat size is 27 feet (eight meters).
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 Rutland Water Park is 10mph. 
Please manoeuvre your craft carefully and respectfully within the Whitwell creek area.
Our slipway is shared with Aqua Park customers so please be patient and vigilant at all times.  
Always use a banks person when using the slipway. 


Equipment Storage at Rutland Water


2023 Price List

2023 Price List

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.