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Keshcarrigan Lough

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Keshcarrigan Lough
Keshcarrigan Lough location in Ireland
Location in Ireland
LocationCounty Leitrim
Coordinates54°01′50″N 7°57′26″W / 54.03056°N 7.95722°W / 54.03056; -7.95722Coordinates: 54°01′50″N 7°57′26″W / 54.03056°N 7.95722°W / 54.03056; -7.95722
Lake typeFreshwater
Native nameCeis Charraigín Loch  (Irish)
Basin countriesIreland
Surface area0.39 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Max. depth4 m (13 ft)
Surface elevation62 m (203 ft)

Keshcarrigan lough (Irish: Ceis Charraigín loch, meaning "Kesh, or causeway, near the little rock, lake")[3] is a mesotrophic freshwater near Keshcarrigan village, in northwest Ireland. Known for quality course fishing, Keshcarrigan lough allows bank fishing from concrete stands on the northern shore, two with wheelchair access.[1] The ecology of Keshcarrigan lough, and other Leitrim waterways, is threatened by curly waterweed, zebra mussel, and freshwater clam invasive species.[4][5]


The lake is named from the bordering townland of "Keshcarrigan" (Irish: Ceis Charraigín), meaning the "Kesh, or causeway, near the little rock".[3]


Keshcarrigan lough lies due south of Keshcarrigan village and Lough Scur, in Kiltubrid parish, south County Leitrim in the northwest of Ireland. The lake forms a tilted oblong shape, with a surface-area of 0.39 square kilometres (0.2 sq mi),[1][6] with depths of 4 metres (13.1 ft).[1] The level of Keshcarrigan lough is the same as Lough Scur, and a channel of about 400 metres (1,312.3 ft) connects both lakes.[6] Keshcarrigan lough is bounded by the townlands of Keshcarrigan to the north, Clooney to the south, Laheen to the west, Carrick to the north, and Toomans to the east.


Fish present in Keshcarrigan Lough include "roach-bream hybrids", Roach, Perch, Bream up to 4lbs, and Pike.[1][7] The pike population is the "native Irish strain" (Irish: liús meaning 'Irish Pike') not the other European Pike strain (Irish: gailliasc meaning 'strange or foreign fish').[4] The lake has stocks of Pike up to 8 pounds (3.6 kg).[1]


A thriving population of White-clawed crayfish was reported here in 2009.[8] Keshcarrigan lough, with a shallow rocky shore, has some ideal potential White-clawed crayfish habitat,[9] but the ecology is seriously threatened by zebra mussel infestation,[10] and indiscriminate importation of non-indigenous crayfish species.[11]

Human settlement

The primary human settlement at Keshcarrigan lough is the village of Keshcarrigan.

See also

References and notes



Primary references

  • Joyce, Patrick Weston (1883) [1883]. The Geography of the Counties of Ireland (PDF).
  • anglingireland. "Satellite Pike Waters in the Ballinamore and Keshcarrigan area". Inland Fisheries Ireland. Retrieved 5 August 2015.

Secondary references

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