2.5 km north of Milltown village
Milltown Heritage Group
Cloondroon Lake is situated 2.5 kilometres north of Milltown village in County Galway. It lies between the townlands of Cloondroon and Cormeelick North in the Corrib Catchment area. Surrounding the lake area are lands which have been extensively used for peat cutting. The lake is connected via a stream to Bellisland Lough to the west which in turn has an overflow into Dalgin River. Cloondroon lake is used for fishing, shooting and walking. There are a number of fishing stands erected by the local Angling Club, and Ireland Inland Fisheries. Ireland Inland Fisheries have supplied Cloondroon lake with pike fish. Milltown Angling Club hold several fishing competitions at Cloondroon lake.
The lake edge supports strands of reed and large sedge swamp which are dominated by common reed and bull rush. A band of poor fen and flush lies along the lake edge compromised mainly of bottle sedge and sphagnum moss species, marsh cinquefoil, tormentil along with cotton grass, purple moor grass and heath bedstraw.
Birds spotted include reed bunting, reed warbler, pied wagtail, meadow pipit, mallard, hooded crow and grey heron. Annually, mute swans visit the lake and pheasants are plentiful in the area.
Survey work by Inland Fisheries Board found fresh water mussels to be present in the lake. Dragonfly and damsel fly species including hairy dragonfly, common blue damselfly and variable damselfly can be found in the area. A number of butterflies were spotted such as red admiral, small tortoise shell, large white , marsh fritillary and cinnabarmoth.