Lough Owel

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Lough Owel
Lough Ennel5490s.jpg
LocationCounty Westmeath
Coordinates53°34′23″N 7°23′18″W / 53.57306°N 7.38833°W / 53.57306; -7.38833Coordinates: 53°34′23″N 7°23′18″W / 53.57306°N 7.38833°W / 53.57306; -7.38833
Lake typeGlacial lake
Primary outflowsRiver Brosna
Basin countriesIreland
Max. length6 km (3.7 mi)
Max. width3 km (1.9 mi)
Surface area10.31 km2 (3.98 sq mi)
Max. depth22 m (72 ft)[1]
Surface elevation85 m (279 ft)
Designated7 June 1996
Reference no.851[2]

Lough Owel (Irish: Loch Uail) is a mesotrophic lough in the Midlands of Ireland, situated north of Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath. It has a maximum depth of 22m.[1] Water from Lough Owel feeds the Royal Canal, a canal crossing Ireland from Dublin to the River Shannon. Access to the lake can be gained from a carpark and pier to the south of the N4 Mullingar to Longford route.

Lough Owel and Lough Ennell are two of many lakes that form the River Brosna drainage basin. The Brosna is a tributary of the Shannon, flowing through Mullingar and Kilbeggan, both in Westmeath, and from there through the town of Clara (County Offaly) into the Shannon.

The Viking chieftain Turgesius was drowned in Lough Owel by Máel Sechnaill mac Maíl Ruanaid in 845.

Since 1996 the lough has received international protection as a Ramsar site.[3] It is noted for its birdlife and is also well known amongst anglers, and holds a few char along with brown trout.


  1. ^ a b Lough Owel SPA[permanent dead link]. NPWS
  2. ^ "Lough Owel". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ ["Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2007./datazone/sitefactsheet.php?id=626 Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lough Owel]. BirdLife International (2013). Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2007. on 28/07/2013

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