Grantstown Lake and the surrounding woodland area is a national nature and wildlife reserve owned by the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The course angling at Grantstown lake is well recognised by anglers from throughout Ireland and the UK who come to fish for Pike, Rudd and Tench.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service are responsible for the wider area but they work closely with The Durrow and Cullahill Anglers who look after the day to day management of the site including the angling. The objective of their partnership is to promote the amenity value of the site and to provide access for the surrounding community and visitors alike.
Laois Partnership recently came on board and provided grant assistance to the angling group to establish 5 wheelchair accessible fishing stands. The NPWS has recently constructed a walkway around the full perimeter of the site and has also constructed a car park.
The combined developments have significantly enhanced the tourism and recreation value of the amenity which has seen a steady increase in visitors since the formal opening by Minister Jimmy Deenihan in June 2014.