Portavoe Reservoir

This small and very attractive reservoir lies on the coast road between Donaghadee and Bangor. With the increasing demands on all public reservoirs the water level tends to drop considerably in the summer. Portavoe is open from 1st February until 31st December and is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. This is a fly-fishing only water, and successful flies include lure and attractor patterns.

Disabled access facilities: there is a tarmac car park available for anglers, a level tarmac path running for 100m and six fishing stands suitable for wheelchairs.

How to get there: From Belfast, take the A2 through Holywood towards Bangor. Join the Bangor ring road, turning right towards Donaghadee and continue on the Ring Road as far as the Groomsport roundabout (fifth and last roundabout). Turn right towards Donaghadee on the A2. The reservoir entrance is about four km along this road.
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

Opening times:

1st February to 31st October


A DCAL game rod licence and game anglng permit are required to fish at Portavoe. These can be purchased from local tackle shops or directly from the Department's website: www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

The website also supplies price details and up-to-date stocking information.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Bangor Visitor Information Centre
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Contact Details

200 Warren Road
County Down
BT21 0PJ

Tel: 03002 007860