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Lough Erne

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Lough Erne (/lɒx ɛərn/ LOKH AIRN, from Irish: Loch Éirne) is the name of two connected lakes in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is the second-biggest lake system in Northern Ireland and Ulster, and the fourth biggest in Ireland. The lakes are widened sections of the River Erne, which flows north and then curves west into the Atlantic. The smaller southern lake is called the Upper Lough as it is higher up the river. The bigger northern lake is called the Lower Lough or Broad Lough. The town of Enniskillen lies on the short stretch of river between the lakes. The lake has more than 150 islands, along with many coves and inlets.[2] The River Erne is 80 miles (129 km)[3] long and drains an area of about 1,680 square miles (4,350 km2).[4]

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Lough Erne
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Lough Erne
LocationCounty Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°28′N 7°49′W
Native nameLoch Éirne (Irish)
Primary inflowsRiver Erne
Primary outflowsRiver Erne
Catchment area1,680 sq mi (4,350 km2)
Basin countriesNorthern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
Max. lengthLower: ~26 mi (42 km)
Upper: ~12 mi (19 km)
Surface areaLower: ~42.3 sq mi (110 km2)
Upper: ~13.3 sq mi (34 km2)
Average depthLower: ~39 ft (12 m)
Upper: ~7.5 ft (2.3 m)
Max. depth213.25 ft (65.00 m)
Islands150+
SettlementsEnniskillen, Belturbet, Belleek, Pettigo, Kesh, Trory, Ballycassidy, Killadeas, Derrylin
Official nameUpper Lough Erne
Designated4 March 1997
Reference no.896[1]
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