The reserve is managed and part owned by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
The reserve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and consists of a number of flooded gravel pits, close to the River Welland. The main lake was excavated in the late 1800s and has been largely left to nature ever since. Two smaller lakes were excavated in the 1990s. The reserve is noted for its variety of wildfowl and waterbirds and there is an accessible bird hide from where they can be viewed. The reserve also has areas of grassland and planted trees.
Reserve Name: Deeping Lakes (LWT)
Opening times: The reserve is open daily, dawn to dusk.
Location: Off the B1166 south of Deeping St James.
Grid reference: TF 184 079 Post code: PE6 8RH
Parking: The main car park surface is compacted stone with some large loose stones. Disabled badge holders can park at the end of the track but please don’t block the gateways.
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the reserve but are allowed along the river bank, which is grazed, if kept on a lead.
Public transport: Call the Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit lincsbus.info
Nearest accessible public toilets: The Precinct, Market Deeping (RADAR key).
Routes: There is a circular route through the reserve and along the river bank which is approximately 2 km (1.25 miles) in length. The reserve has areas of deep water. The paths are mostly short grass and bare earth. The route is mostly level with some short slopes. For detailed information about the slopes and surfaces and to see if the paths are suitable for you please see the map.