Lough Melvin - only three miles from the sea coast of Donegal Bay, Lough Melvin stretches nine miles along the foot of the Dartry Mountains. It is an unspoilt water of great beauty and is renowned for the range of fish, plants and animals that it supports. Lough Melvin has been designated by the EU as a Special Area of Conservation.
The bowl in which the lake lies was gouged out from the limestone rock by glacial erosion during the last ice age, some 20 thousand years ago. It now provides a wonderful natural habitat and is valued by anglers for its trout and salmon fishing. It is especially famous for its early run of Atlantic salmon. As well as more usual species of trout, Lough Melvin is home to the rare Gillaroo - the most beautiful of trout, with golden sandy underside and flecks of crimson. Melvin is drained by the Drowes river which runs some 5 miles through wild and unspolit country to the sea at the village of Tullaghan. The Drowes usually provides the first salmon of the game-fishing season in Ireland.
Lough Melvin straddles the border between the North and the Republic of Ireland - running 9 miles from the villages of Kinlough at the north west end to Garrison in the south east. It is about one and a half miles across at its widest point, altogether covering an area of 20 sq Km. The lough has 4 large islands: Inisheer, Inishmaan, Inishtemple and Inishkeen - good places to stop for a picnic when out fishing.
Swans nest at various points around the lake and wild duck and geese are a frequent sight. It has also a population of otters. The rivers that feed the lake run down from the Dartry Mountains providing some wonderful waterfalls after heavy rains. The Glenaniff river near Rossinver at the eastern end of the lake is one such - well worth stopping to enjoy a walk along its edge.
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