The lake covers approximately 270 acres and is owned by South West Water and managed by South West Lakes Trust.
There are three bird hides at Stithians Reservoir:
Golden Lion hide (SW 7080 3725 what3words boring.loudness.appetite). Walk through the wooden gate towards the small SWW pumping station and then follow the wooden boardwalk to the right. Owned and managed by the South West Lakes Trust, this hide overlooks the ‘Golden Lion cut-off’ and is particularly good for viewing waders as the water level in the Reservoir recedes and large areas of mud become exposed. The hide is accessible by buggy and wheelchair.
Stuart Hutchings hide (SW 7135 3510 what3words trombone.barrel.apricot). There is a small layby here and, opposite this a galvanised pedestrian gate provides access to a short footpath to the hide which overlooks the Nature Reserve at the southern end of the Reservoir. This hide is owned and managed by CBWPS and is particularly good for viewing waders as mud is exposed during the summer and also for migrating waterfowl and waders.
Feeder hide (SW 7140 3480 what3words childcare.daydream.dupe). This hide is located on the southern cut-off of the Reservoir and is accessed through a galvanised pedestrian gate and following the footpath for 50m (170ft) alongside the chain-link fence. The hide is owned and managed by CBWPS and looks eastward across a wetland and, during the winter months, bird feeders are maintained here, often attracting Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit and Reed Bunting.