Boating & Fishing

Using The Well Creek

Full angling and boating details to be published soon, including fishing rules and permits, moorings and guidance for travel along the waterway.


Angling on the Well Creek is free on all public banks but a National Rod and Line License will be required. Licenses are available from the Upwell and Outwell Post Offices or online from the Environmental Agency.

Anglers using public moorings must give preference to boating in Summer and be prepared to move for the boats. Do not dig the banks when bank fishing. Always seek permission before fishing from private banks and private moorings.


The Well Creek is the only inland navigable link between the River Great Ouse and the rest of the inland waterway system and is increasingly being used by the boating fraternity by both owners and hirers. The Well Creek and the New Bedford waterway (100 foot drain) are the only navigable links between the River Great Ouse and the Nene. Theoretically river craft can link these two Fenland Rivers to the inland waterway system via the wash requiring special arrangements to open the gates at the Dog and Doublet on the Nene below Peterborough.

Nature Conservation

Please do not damage, remove or trample upon plant growth, shrubs or trees, and take care not to disturb the natural habitat of wild life. Many species of bird and mammals enjoy legal protection: it is therefore a serious offence to remove eggs, interfere with nests, etc. The Trust is most anxious to afford the necessary degree of protection to preserve the natural flora and fauna of the area, and earnestly request full co-operation in this direction from users of the waterway.

Remember always follow the Well Creek Trust Charter.