General Information about Blackwater Lodge - Ireland
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Lodge Entrance

Entrance View

Blackwater Lodge is an informal, comfortable lodge-style guesthouse 
in a magnificent location overlooking the world-famous Munster Blackwater 
- one of Europe’s most spectacular salmon rivers. 
It’s a no-nonsense, friendly place, where the comfort and enjoyment of salmon anglers 
is the top priority - truly a specialist sporting lodge. For years, the Blackwater Lodge 
has been the hideaway of salmon anglers from all over Europe and North America.
They return again and again because of our relaxed atmosphere and beautiful location.

Historically the Lodge was formerly the railway station for the village of Ballyduff. 
It was built in 1882 & the line eventually closed in 1967. Construction of the Lodge 
as we know it now began in 1971 around the old station buildings.

 For the non-Fisher   Information on the surrounding area & non-fishing activities.

The Setting.
(more pictures)

The Station 1956

The Station 1964


Spacious, yet cosy and with a chatty atmosphere. 
Its bay windows have a superb panoramic view
overlooking the Blackwater river.

As we don't have a bar licence, you're welcome
bring your own drinks to consume in the lounge whenever you wish. Glasses, fridge, ice etc
are all available for your use.
 There is free Internet access

The Garden

Tackle Shop
Situated next to the Lounge, the shop is a hive of activity in the early morning and evening, as guests make sure they are all tackled up for their day's fishing. Small, but incredibly well stocked, it has all the day-to-day requirements such as fly lines, leaders, flies, spinners, bait & all sorts of terminal tackle, plus fly & spinning rods for hire - even some recommended rods & reels to buy.

The Breakfast Room
Rustic-style, seating over forty people 
and situated right next to the lounge. 

Dress code?
Wear what you feel comfortable in - no rules!
Breakfast in waders
- ready to go!

Dining Out
There are plenty of restaurants in our locality
where you can sample a variety of cuisines.
Click here for a list


Retired Proprietor:   Ian Powell

Proprietor from
1986 to 1985 - now retired
& looking for someone
equally enthusiastic
to take over the Lodge.
A native Welshman, dedicated salmon & seatrout angler and fluent French speaker

(explaining the popularity of 
the Lodge with French anglers).

A mine of information on
the local salmon fishing 
and all aspects of planning a
salmon fishing holiday in Ireland.

Call/contact Ian anytime to discuss any aspect of the Lodge
(Sometimes he's not available if the fishing is good!)

The Climate
Known as "The Sunny Southeast" as it has the highest sunshine records in the country,
the temperate climate in this corner of Ireland ensures comfortable fishing throughout the season.

In Spring: No grue (ice) floating down the river, or line freezing in the rod rings.
Average temperature + 5C (40F).
In Summer: Sunny days without excessive temperature, and NO MIDGES.
Average temperature + 15C (60F).