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Cam Loch


(An Locha Cham)

Located 2 miles (3 km) south southwest of Cairnbaan, Cam Loch (Gael: An Locha Cham) is one of the larger and the highest of the reservoirs forming the Glen Clachaig Feeder Reservoir System in the Knapdale Forest of Argyll and Bute. These were built to supply water to the Crinan Canal. Cam Loch is retained by a pair of earth embankment dams to the southwest and contains a sizeable island connected to the shore by a causeway, together with several smaller islands. Part of this embankment collapsed in 1859, causing water to flood down through the lower reservoirs and into the canal, blocking more than a mile (1.6 km) of its length with debris. Managed today by Scottish Canals, the reservoirs within the group were named in 1814 by the engineer Hugh Baird (1770 - 1827). The loch supports a recreational fishery for brown trout.


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