Killykeen Forest Park

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Killykeen Forest Park
Killykeen Lough Oughter-2.jpg
Summertime bathers at Killykeen
Map showing the location of Killykeen Forest Park
Map showing the location of Killykeen Forest Park
LocationKilleshandra, Cavan, Ireland
Coordinates54°00′31″N 7°28′22″W / 54.00861°N 7.47278°W / 54.00861; -7.47278Coordinates: 54°00′31″N 7°28′22″W / 54.00861°N 7.47278°W / 54.00861; -7.47278
Area600 acres (2.4 km2)
Governing bodyCoillte

Killykeen Forest Park straddling Lough Oughter is situated in County Cavan, Ireland approximately five miles from Cavan town. Responsibility for the upkeep of Killykeen is through the state's commercial forestry service Coillte together with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) where Lough Oughter and its associated loughs are protected under the EU Habitats Directive as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) for wildlife and particularly wintering birds. The forest consists of mainly mixed woodland including Norway and Sitka spruce, Ash, Oak and Beech.[1] The area is popular with anglers because of its location along Lough Oughter which is connected to thousands of hectares of lakeland complexes.[2] Canoeing, biking and windsurfing are also popular activities at the park. Other Attractions include Cloughoughter Castle and Gartnanoul Court Tomb. [3]