Located in a remote, scenic setting, Garadice Lough in County Leitrim is part of the 40 mile / 63 km Shannon-Erne waterway, traversable by boat. Renowned among fishing enthusiasts, Garadice is a medium sized lake by Irish standards, occupying roughly 1200-acres / 5 square km. The lake is 5 metres / 16 feet deep, although in places it sinks three times deeper.
Fishing at Garadice Lough
Garadice offers excellent angling opportunities for a variety of species including roach, perch, pike, rudd and hybrids. Tip: Be aware of the fishing regulations, and the licences required, e.g. for pike. See: http://www.fishinginireland.info/regulations.htm Haughton’s Shore, on the northeastern side, is accessible by a "proper" local road (not dirt tracks) from the small town of Ballinamore, which lies 8km / 5 miles away. There is direct road access to the lake here, as well as shore fishing, and a small boat jetty.
Swan Island Adventure Centre
On the southern side, there is a car park and a small but more developed boat marina at Swan Island. Housed in a lovingly restored old cottage, Swan Island Adventure Centre is a restaurant with an adjoining open farm and activity centre, offering water sports and other outdoor pursuits such as archery.
Lake Islands and Archaeological Artefacts
There are several islands on the lake, the two main one being Church Island and Cherry Island. Church contains the ruins not only of a 17th century church, but also the ruins of a castle that once belonged to the O'Rourkes. More ancient still are the remains of a ring fort dedicated to Crom Cruach, a Celtic deity worshipped until Christianity began to spread throughout Ireland around the 5th century AD.
Haughton's Shore, Garadice Lough. Image by Chris Moore