Loch Eck

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Loch Eck
Loch Eich
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A view of the loch, looking south.
Location Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
Coordinates 56°04′46″N 4°59′40″W / 56.079508°N 4.9944191°W / 56.079508; -4.9944191Coordinates: 56°04′46″N 4°59′40″W / 56.079508°N 4.9944191°W / 56.079508; -4.9944191
National grid reference NS 13753 91453
Type Freshwater Loch and Reservoir.
Primary inflows Cur
Primary outflows River Eachaig
Catchment area Cowal.
Basin countries Scotland, United Kingdom.
Surface area 4,259,000 m2 (45,840,000 sq ft)
Water volume 3,059,000 m3 (108,000,000 cu ft)
Surface elevation 24 m (79 ft)

Loch Eck; (Gaelic: Loch Eich) is a freshwater loch located on the Cowal peninsula, north of Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is seven miles long. Apart from Loch Lomond, it is the only naturally occurring habitat of the Powan (fish).[1][2]

Loch Eck is within the Argyll Forest Park which, is itself part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.[3][4]

The loch is also an impounding reservoir with a concrete dam measuring 0.870 metres high. The dam was completed in 1973. Loch Eck now supplies the freshwater to much of the southeast of Cowal, including Dunoon.[5]

In July 2013, two dogs died due to algal bloom present in the loch. Warnings were then posted advising that people and animals should avoid contact with the water.[6][7]

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