The Marine Lakes on Fleetwood’s Esplanade are a stunning addition to the naturalistic backdrop of the sea. The area includes a large marine lake, a model yachting pond and an 18-hole golf course, and added an essential area for further recreational activity for Fleetwood.
It was opened in June 1932 by Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty, who was a commander during the Battle of Jutland in WW1. He stressed that the lakes would be ‘keeping the national spirit of the sea alive’ and would provide the perfect environment to discover yacht-building and how to handle a boat.
Upon its opening the yachting pond was the largest in the country, and soon afterwards the Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club held its first National Championship here. The clubhouse, which sits beside the lake, is still in use today by the club, who have brought a number of national and international boating competitions to Fleetwood over the years.
In 2014 improvement work took place to ensure that the lakes maintained appropriate water levels for all types of water-based activity. During this process 5000 tonnes of wind-blown sand was removed from the lakes and used in the construction of the new Rossall Sea Defences. The essential work proved that the lake could continue to be used by both local clubs and schools, including Blackpool and Fylde College who use the lake with their students to train them on survival skills.