Loch Ken

Loch Ken

Infobox lake
lake_name = Loch Ken
image_lake = Loch Ken.jpg
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location = Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
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type = freshwater loch, reservoir
inflow = Water of Ken, River Dee
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basin_countries = United Kingdom
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cities = Glenlochar, Lauriston, Mossdale, Crossmichael, Parton

Loch Ken is 9-mile long freshwater loch in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It lies in the Glenkens valley, where it is fed from the north by the Water of Ken and from the west by the Dee. It continues as the Dee south from Glenlochar, where the water is held back by the Glenlochar Barrage. Part of the Galloway hydro-electric power scheme, the barrage regulates the river's flow.

Villages around Loch Ken include Glenlochar at the south, Lauriston and Mossdale on the west side of the loch, and Crossmichael and Parton on the east. The village of New Galloway lies one mile to its north. The parish church of Balmaghie is also by the loch.

Loch Ken is used recreationally for water skiing, fishing, and sailing, with Glenlaggan Lodges and Loch Ken Marina catering to visitors.

A railway viaduct, once part of the Portpatrick Railway crosses the loch at Boat o' Rhone, but is now disused.

Loch Ken and River Dee Marshes was designated a Ramsar site on August 21, 1992.

External links

* [http://www.lochkenholidaypark.co.uk/ The Loch Ken Holiday Park]
* [http://www.lochken.co.uk/ The Galloway Sailing Centre]
* [http://www.skilochken.co.uk/ Loch Ken Water Ski School]

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