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Lough Mask is a limestone lough of 20,500 acres in Counties Galway and Mayo, Ireland, north of Lough Corrib. Lough Mask is the middle of the three lakes, which empty into the Corrib River, through Galway, into Galway Bay. Lough Carra flows into Lough Mask, which feeds into Lough Corrib through an underground stream which becomes the River Cong. Lough Mask is the fourth largest lake, by area, in Ireland and the sixth largest lake in the island of Ireland. The eastern half of Lough Mask is shallow and contains many islands. The other half is much deeper, sinking to a long trench with depths in excess of 50 metres.
Lough Mask has a mean depth of 15m, and a maximum depth of 58m. Its water volume of 1.3 km3 is the largest in Ireland and the second largest on the island of Ireland. Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland has an even greater water volume.

The lake is popular for its trout fishing. The World Cup Trout Fly Fishing Championship takes place annually on Lough Mask at Cushlough Bay near Ballinrobe.


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