Lough Lene is a very attractive and well maintained place to have a swim.
Across the road from a good sized car park you pass through a gateway into a well kept area of the lake with a distinct swimming section. There is a nice grassy area to picnic along with some benches, toilets and a small indoor changing room.
The swimming area has a board walk out onto the lake with ladders which brings you into your depth. Somewhat unusually for a lake, the water here is quite clear and the bottom sandy .
This is a lovely place to swim and its well maintained appearance is a credit to Westmeath County Council.
From Dublin you take the M4 toward Mullingar . You leave this at exit 11 and get onto the R394 toward Castlepollard. After the village of Crookedwood you take a right turn for Collinstown. In Collinstown you follow the signposts for the lake which is 3 kilometres outside the town.
Ordnance Survey Map No. 41