Lough Lene is a designated area of conservation.

This lake has a large stock of brown trout, pike and perch.The “Cut” at nearby Collinstown is the main access point to this lovely lake.
There is a picturesque picnic area and a slip-way at the “Cut”.
Lough Lene has a Blue Flag status and is recognised for is high quality water which is quiet alkaline and is suitable and safe for swimming. People swim here all year round and in the summer months life guards are on duty at the “Cut” in Lough Lene.
In areas alongside the lake are patches of wet woodland inhabited by willows, birch and alder. Fish and birdlife include Freshwater Crayfish, Mute swan, Mallard, Great-crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Teal and Cormorant.

The lake is also famous for what is known as the Lough Lene Bell now resident in the National Museum, a replica of which is used to bring the Dail (Irish Parliament) to order!!