Southport Marine Lake in Merseyside, United Kingdom is an ideal location for stand up paddle boarding and learning to SUP.

With the first section built by the Victorians in 1887, the lake has grown with extensions between 1887 and 1966 to be one of the largest man-made leisure lakes in the UK. It’s one mile or 1.6 kilometres long, with two islands, two bridges and the pier crossing the waters for pedestrians and vehicles.


From the quieter north end to Kings Gardens at the south end of the lake, closer to Southport town centre, there is plenty to see, with wildfowl including Whooper Swans, Canada and Greylag Geese and Egrets, Cormorants and occasional seasonal visitors, and plenty of watercraft including sailing dinghies, rowers, waterskiers and paddlers.

In late spring and summer, pedaloes and motor boats can be hired from Southport Watersports. Lake cruises and high-adrenaline jet boat rides are also available.

Paddle boarding on the marine lake requires an annual licence with Southport Watersports. SUP North administer licences for paddle boarders. Go to our Southport Marine Lake Paddle Boarding page for full history and details.