River Lagan

River Lagan

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River Licensing Information

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A major river in Northern Ireland, the River Lagan runs for 54 miles. It flows from the mountains of County Down, through Belfast and into the Irish Sea.

The river is used by many water users including a number of rowing clubs especially close to Belfast.

Wildlife on the River Lagan

In terms of wildlife, the population of wildfowl is healthy along the Lagan, so expect to see a good mix of birdlife.

There’re not just your average birds along this river though. Since a breeding pair of yellow bellied slider turtles were released along the river, the population has boomed!

So look out for these invasive species as you paddle. There’s also a resident seal called Sammy who you might spot as far upstream as Minnowburn.