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Lough Gill (Kerry)

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Location
52°15'38"N
010°02'44"W
Country
 Ireland
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Description

Lough Gill (; Irish: Loch Gile, "bright lake") is a freshwater lake in the southwest of Ireland. It is located on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.

Geography

Lough Gill measures about 2 km (1.2 mi) long and 1 km (0.6 mi) wide. It is about 30 km (19 mi) west of Tralee, near the village of Castlegregory.

Hydrology

Lough Gill is considered a natural lagoon, draining into Tralee Bay. It is fed by the Killiney River and another unnamed stream. The lake is shallow, with depths of less than 0.5 m (1 ft 8 in).

Natural history

Fish species in Lough Gill include three-spined stickleback, sand goby, brown trout, flounder and the critically endangered European eel. The lake is part of the Tralee Bay and Magharees Peninsula, West to Cloghane Special Area of Conservation.
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