The reservoir is now a wildfowl sanctuary with a pleasant, level 1.5 mile walk around the perimeter.
The site provides a habitat for a wide range of wildlife, and is ideal for peaceful walks, nature study and sailing on the reservoir itself.
At the northern end of the reservoir you will discover Englands oldest railway viaduct.
There is a small visitor centre offering refreshments, exhibitions and toilet facilities
The reservoir is also home to the Sutton-in-Ashfield Sailing Club and The Mill Adventure Base for young people. An area near to the car park is also used by a local model boat club.
Kings Mill Reservoir
A large reservoir and area of natural beauty between Mansfield & Sutton-in-Ashfield.
The most direct route by car from Rise Park is via the A60 Nottingham to Mansfield Road, turning left on to the A617 just before Mansfield - and travelling for about 2.5 miles to use the (sign posted) car park.
The frequent Trent/Barton No 3 bus services also give easy access by alighting at The Kings Mill Hospital stop.
Car Parking is free but check the times of opening and closing of the entrance gate
The area is very popular with bird watchers with an abundance, and wide variety of, land and water species.
Regular visitors include: Snipe, Tufted Duck, Common Tern, Sparrow Hawk, Warblers, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit and many more
A viewing platform is located on the bank (opposite King's Mill Hospital ). A number of artificial islands have been created to aid nesting.
Green credentials !
The reservoir contains Europe ’s largest (2008) geothermal lake loop – a network of heat exchangers, pipes and pumps submerged beneath the surface. These provide environmentally friendly and economical heating and cooling to the nearby Kings Mill hospitals
When the water flows back through the heat exchanger plates in the reservoir the temperature imbalance is partly restored by the reservoir and there is no contamination because it is a closed loop system and no reservoir water is used directly
Sailboats on the reservoir
A number of nesting islands have been built around the reservoir