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Lakes in County Galway Ireland
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Lakes in County Galway   
Lough Corrib
Lough Corrib is a vast lake of 41,600 acres. It is mostly shallows and contains many islands. The water is very clear and it holds a good stock of trout which average about 1lbs. Fish of up to 20lbs are occasionally taking by trolling.
It is the largest loch in the Republic of Ireland and the second largest in the island of Ireland after Lough Neagh. Lough Coirib is a corruption of Loch nOirbsean, which according to place name lore is named after the Danann navigator Orbsen Mac Alloid, commonly called Manannán Mac Lir, "The Son of the Sea," for whom the Isle of Man is named. In Irish the loch is also called An Choirib ("the Corrib").

Lough Mask
Lough Mask is a limestone lake of 22,000 acres. The lake borders counties Galway and Mayo. Located above Lough Corrib, Lough Mask is the upper of the two lakes, which empty into the Corrib River, through Galway, into Galway Bay. The lake is very popular for its trout fishing.

Lough Coolin
Lough Coolin is located in Clonbur, a place of unique beauty, set like a gem in the foothills of Mount Gable. This was the picnic setting so favoured by the Guinness house-parties from Ashford Castle five miles to the east. This little lake, three miles from Clonbur, is accessible by car although the last section of the road is narrow.

Louch Cutra
Located near Gort, Lough Cutra Estate's private 1000 acre lake is renowned for Coarse Pike fishing. Fishing is available all year round and other coarse fish at the lake include Carp. Fishing gear, tackle and boats are available at the Estate for your convenience.

Lough Inagh & Derryclare
These two loughs, Inagh and Derryclare, lie in the lovely Inagh Valley in Connemara, with the Twelve Bens mountains rising steeply to the west of Maamturk Mountain range to the north. In all there are 5 miles of Lough and River fishing - main Lough, with two short connecting rivers. The fishery has spring salmon, grilse and sea trout. There are three sets of 'Butts' or long fishing piers, built out onto Derryclare Lough for the Anglers convenience. There are no boats available on Derryclare Lough and all the fishing is done from the butts and the bank. Lough Inagh has eight boats and the fishing starts early in July. The west shore fishes best and all along the islands.

Loughrea Lake
During the summer, the lake, with its cool, clear water fed from underground springs is a popular venue with locals and visitors. The Long Point with its car parks, changing and toilet facilities, is an excellent and safe place for swimming. An alternative site for younger children is the shallow sandy area at Coorheen. Because of its size, the lake is an excellent stretch of water for sail-boarding and canoeing.

Mountbellew Lake
The lake and its hinterland is a preserved wildlife haven for Duck (Mallard, Teal), Wild Geese, Coot, Heron, Pheasant, Swans and Cygnets. One of the islands towards the east of the lake is known as Crane Island but a sighting of these birds is a rare event nowadays. Several species of song birds inhabit the surrounding wood and farmlands.

Ballynakill Lough
This lake is situated in Connemara and there are a collection of prehistoric monuments including tombs, standing stones and walls.

Lough Derg
Lough Derg on the River Shannon is one of Ireland's finest lakes and is renowned for its superb game and coarse fishing. Lough Derg is the second largest lake in the Republic of Ireland (after Lough Corrib) and the third largest in Ireland overall (after Lough Neagh). It is a long, relatively narrow lake, with shores in counties North Tipperary (to the east), Galway (north-west), and Clare (south-west). The lake is the last of three on the River Shannon, with the other two, Lough Ree and Lough Allen lying further north. Some towns or villages on Lough Derg include Garrykennedy, Portumna, Killaloe & Ballina, Dromineer, Terryglass and Mountshannon.

Ballyquirke Lake - Oughterard. Well know for course angling

Ross Lake - Oughterard. Well know for course angling

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