Muckross Lake

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Muckross Lake
Muckross Lake, Killarney National Park - - 449931.jpg
Southern shore of Muckross Lake.
Muckross Lake is located in Ireland
Muckross Lake
Muckross Lake
LocationKillarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland
Coordinates52°00′40″N 9°31′38″W / 52.011065°N 9.527247°W / 52.011065; -9.527247Coordinates: 52°00′40″N 9°31′38″W / 52.011065°N 9.527247°W / 52.011065; -9.527247
Native nameLoch Mhucrois  (Irish)
Primary inflowsOwengariff River
Primary outflowsLough Leane
Basin countriesIreland
Surface area2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Max. depth75 metres (246 ft)
Surface elevation21 m (69 ft)
IslandsDinish Island, Brickeen Island, Devil's Island

Muckross Lake, also called Middle Lake or The Torc, is a lake in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.[1] It is one of the three famous Lakes of Killarney, along with Lough Leane and Upper Lake. It is Ireland's deepest lake, reaching to 75 metres (246 ft) in parts.[2]


The lake is a noted salmon and brown trout fishery.[3][4]

It is also a habitat for the critically endangered blunt-snouted Irish char (Salvelinus obtusus).

The monster[edit]

As with many lakes, Muckross Lake allegedly contains a great monster — possibly a 20-foot (6-metre) long eel.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Torc Waterfall and Muckross Lake Loop - Activities - Walking - Looped Walks - All Ireland - Republic Of Ireland - Kerry - Killarney - Discover Ireland".
  2. ^ Enterprise, Foran. "Killarney Lakes".
  3. ^ "Fishing in Ireland. An angler's guide to the best fishing in Ireland".
  4. ^ "Muckross Lake - Activities - Angling - Fisheries - All Ireland - Republic Of Ireland - Kerry - Killarney - Discover Ireland".
  5. ^ "Muckross Lake Monster".[self-published source]