Cavan is known as 'The Lakeland County' and is reputed to contain 365 lakes. It is the source of many rivers in Ireland.
Shannon Pot on the slopes of Culicagh is the source of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland at 386km (240 miles). The River Erne rises from Beaghy Lough, 3km (two miles) south of Stradone in Cavan, and flows for 120km (75 miles) to Lough Erne.
Other rivers include the Blackwater River from Lough Ramor which joins the River Boyne at Navan, the Dee which springs near Bailieborough, the River Annalee which flows from Lough Sillan and joins the Erne and the Cladagh river that rises from Culicagh and flows into Fermanagh. The Glyde and the Owenroe also source in Cavan.
At 18.8km2 (7.3 square miles), Lough Sheelin is the county's largest lake. Situated in the south, it forms a three way border on its waters between Meath, Westmeath and Cavan. A large complex of lakes form in the north and west of Cavan; these have been designated Specially Protected Areas (SPA). Other protected lakes, such as Lough Gowna and Lough Ramor, can be found in the south and east of the county.
All of the county's lakes and rivers have excellent stocks of fish and are the perfect place to spend some time getting away from it all, doing what you love - fishing.