kids encyclopedia robot

Belhavel Lough facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Belhavel Lough
Belhavel Lough.JPG
Belhavel Lough location in Ireland
Belhavel Lough location in Ireland
Location in island of Ireland
Location County Leitrim
Coordinates 54°12′31″N 8°11′1″W / 54.20861°N 8.18361°W / 54.20861; -8.18361
Native name Claonloch Error {{native name checker}}: parameter value is malformed (help)
Primary outflows Diffagher River
Catchment area 22.24 km2 (8.6 sq mi)
Basin countries Ireland
Surface area 1.01 km2 (0.39 sq mi)
Surface elevation 60 m (200 ft)

Belhavel Lough (Irish: Claonloch, meaning crooked lake) is a freshwater lake in the northwest of Ireland. It is located in north County Leitrim near the village of Killarga.

Geography and hydrology

Belhavel Lough is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Killarga and 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Drumkeeran. It covers an area of 1.01 km2 (0.4 sq mi). The lake drains east into the Diffagher River, which eventually reaches Lough Allen.


The water quality was reported to be satisfactory c. 2001 – c. 2003 with a mesotrophic rating, but had a "poor" ecological status c. 2007 – c. 2009 indicating pollution, though Zebra mussel infestation was not reported. The ecology of Belhavel Lough, and other Leitrim waterways, is threatened by curly waterweed, zebra mussel, and freshwater clam invasive species.

kids search engine
Belhavel Lough Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.