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Carrickaport Lough
Carrickaport Lough location in Ireland
Carrickaport Lough location in Ireland
Location in island of Ireland
Location County Leitrim
Coordinates 54°1′48″N 7°58′58″W / 54.03000°N 7.98278°W / 54.03000; -7.98278
Lake type Freshwater
Native name Carraig an Phoirt Loch Error {{native name checker}}: parameter value is malformed (help)
Basin countries Ireland
Surface area 0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
Max. depth 7 m (23 ft)
Surface elevation 63 m (207 ft)
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Carrickaport lough (Irish: Carraig an Phoirt, meaning rocks of the bog [port, a bog here]) is a freshwater lake in Kiltubrid parish, south County Leitrim, northwest Ireland. Drumcong village, and Lough Scur, lie nearby. Carrickaport lough is known for quality bream and pike fishing. The ecology of Carrickaport lough, and other Leitrim waterways, is threatened by curly waterweed, zebra mussel, and freshwater clam invasive species.


The lake takes its name from the bordering townland of "Carrickaport" (Irish: Carraig an Phoirt), meaning the "rock of the port (or fort, or bank)".


Carrickaport lough is located due west of the Drumcong village and Lough Scur, in county Leitrim, Ireland. The lake has an hourglass shape with a surface-area of about 0.46 square kilometres (0.2 sq mi), and depths of 7 metres (23.0 ft). The level of Carrickaport lough is about 1 foot (0.3 m) higher than Lough Scur, and a small stream of 500 metres (1,640.4 ft) length running through Drumcong connects both lakes. Carrickaport lough is surrounded by high lands and bounded by the townlands of Drumbullog, Corderry (Morton), Carrickaport, Mullaghycullen, Drumcong, and Roscarban. The substrate consists of rock (15%), cobble (70%), gravel (10%) and sand (5%).


Fish present in Carrickaport include "Roach-Bream hybrids", Perch, Bream of 3-4lbs, Roach, and Pike. 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'). The lake has stocks of Pike up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg). The water quality was reported to be satisfactory c. 2001 – c. 2003 with a mesotrophic rating.


Following a survey in 2007 the condition of Carrickaport Lough was reported as "unsatisfactory" with Filamentous algae present, and pollution, along with a serious zebra mussel infestation, being also reported. Carrickaport Lough is reed-fringed, with approximately one fifth of substrate vegetation being common club-rush, while Potamogeton pondweed and the alien species Elodea canadensis are also present.

Crayfish extinction

Carrickaport lough, with a shallow rocky shore, has some ideal potential White-clawed crayfish habitat, While a population of White-clawed crayfish has previously been reported, no specimens were found when last surveyed in 2007. Indeed, crayfish are never been found with zebra mussel, and Irish stocks are threatened by non-indigenous crayfish species importation.

Rare moss

In August 2000 the "Weissia rostellata" moss, regarded as a rare species in Ireland, was found growing unshaded to partly-shaded (by grasses and rushes) on the damp clay-mud of a sparsely vegetated ditch beside the lake.

Other wildlife

The Lister's river snail (Viviparus fasciatus) is abundant, and hog louse is also present.

Human settlement

The primary human settlement at Carrickaport is the village of Drumcong.

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