List of loughs of Ireland

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This article is an alphabetical list of loughs on the island of Ireland. It also shows a table of the largest lakes in Ireland. The word lough is pronounced loch and comes from the Irish loch, meaning lake.

The list below contains only those loughs that are of geographic, geological or historical importance and almost all of them are over a square kilometre in area.. The list includes loughs that are situated within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Those partly or wholly within Northern Ireland are marked with an asterisk (*).

Largest Irish Lakes[edit]

The largest freshwater loughs in Ireland are:[1][2][3]

Rank (by area) Lake Area (km²) Mean Depth (m) Max Depth (m) Volume x 106m3 Shoreline (km)[4] Province or County
1 Lough Neagh* 396 9.0 25 3,528 186 Ulster
2 Lough Corrib[5] 176 6.5 50.9 1,158 392 Galway and Mayo
3 Lough Derg (Shannon)[6] 130 7.6 36 988 229 Tipperary, Clare and Galway
4 Lower Lough Erne*[7] 109 11.9 69 1,300 270 Fermanagh
5 Lough Ree[8] 105 6.2 35 651 192 Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath
6 Lough Mask[9] 83 15.0 58 1,300[10] 192 Mayo and Galway
7 Lough Conn[11] 50 7.0 34 350 108 Mayo
8 Lough Allen[12] 35 10.9 42.7 391 53 Leitrim and Roscommon
9 Upper Lough Erne*[13] 34 2.3 27 79 255 Fermanagh
10 Lough Melvin*[14] 23 7.8 44 175 54 Fermanagh and Cavan
11 Lough Leane[15] 20 13.4 60 269 51 Kerry
12 Poulaphouca Reservoir[16] 20 6.8 135 64 Wicklow
13 Lough Sheelin[17] 19 4.4 15 83.6 36 Westmeath, Cavan, Meath
14 Lough Carra 16 1.8 18 28.8 75 County Mayo

Muckross Lake (the middle lake of the Killarney lakes) is the deepest Irish lake, with a maximum depth of 75 metres.[18]

(Volume = Area multiplied by Mean Depth)

Freshwater loughs[edit]

Lakes with the county/counties where they are situated and their area in square kilometres. Most of the Republic of Ireland lake areas are taken from the Environmental Protection Agency's: A Reference based Typology and Ecological Assessment System for Irish Lakes (P. 10-13)[19]

Brackish loughs[edit]

An example of a brackish lagoon is Lady's Island Lake, County Wexford

Turloughs[edit]

Main article: Turlough (lake)

Reservoirs[edit]

Sea loughs[edit]

Fjords[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland: Mountains, Rivers and Lakes
  2. ^ Fishing in Ireland, Lough Derg
  3. ^ UK Environmental Change Network, Lough Erne
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland Generalised Rivers & Lakes dataset (attribute table)
  5. ^ Lagarosiphon major – An Aggressive Invasive Species in Lough Corrib
  6. ^ World Lake Database
  7. ^ Heavily Modified Water Bodies – North Western River Basin District P.31 [1]
  8. ^ World Lake Database
  9. ^ Mayo County Council P.8
  10. ^ Mayo County Council P.12
  11. ^ “The trophic status of Lough Conn” P.7 by Mayo County Council
  12. ^ EPA P158
  13. ^ Heavily Modified Water Bodies – North Western River Basin District P.29 [2]
  14. ^ EPA P159
  15. ^ North South Shared Aquatic Resource (NS Share) P.15
  16. ^ North South Shared Aquatic Resource (NS Share) P.16
  17. ^ Sampling fish for the Water Framework Directive P.3
  18. ^ Glen Fia: Lakes of Killarney[3]
  19. ^ A REFERENCE BASED TYPOLOGY AND ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FOR IRISH LAKES [4] (Pages 10-13)
  20. ^ Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  21. ^ Inland Fisheries of Ireland: Sampling Fish (Page 2)
  22. ^ Inland Fisheries of Ireland: Sampling Fish (Page 2)

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