It looks like you're using IE11...
This browser offers limited functionality on our website. We recommend you use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.
The River Lagan flows through the centre of Belfast. It gives you the opportunity for water recreation in the heart of the city. The River is in two sections and divided by a weir in Stranmillis. The access points are listed in order from upstream to downstream, following the flow of the river.
The first section is between the Stranmillis Weir and Lagan Weir, the lower section. This is a largely flat body of water. It flows from Stranmillis and Annadale through Ormeau and Ravenhill to the city centre. There is no access to the water at Annadale.
When on the water, paddle on the right hand side. Always pass on the right.
|Between Stranmillis Weir and Lagan Weir
3 miles, 4.8 km
|1||Governor's Bridge, Stranmillis||Pontoon||Managed by the Department for Communities. Contact the River Manager for access on 028 9031 5304.|
|2||Ravenhill Reach, Ormeau Embankment||Public Slipway and Pontoon||Managed by the Department for Communities. Contact the River Manager for access on 028 9031 5304.|
|3||Maysfield Basin, May's Meadow||Steps||Managed by Allstate on behalf of Belfast City Council. Contact the Facilities Manager for access at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Lanyon Quay, rear of Waterfront Hall||Pontoon||Managed by the Department for Communities. Contact the River Manager for access on 028 9031 5304.|
|5||Queens Quay, east side of Lagan Weir||Steps||Managed by the Department for Communities. Contact the River Manager for access on 028 9031 5304.|
The second section is between Drum Bridge and Stranmillis Weir, the upper section. This lies at the heart of Lagan Valley Regional Park. There are a number of weirs on this stretch. It is suited to more experienced paddlers. Downstream of Drum Bridge there are three weirs to cross before the river reaches Edenderry.
There is a relatively flat section from Edenderry to Shaws Bridge. This is accessible at Minnowburn and Shaws Bridge. Below Shaws Bridge there is a weir and slalom course to cross. This is next to Clement Wilson Park. Use the steps at Lock Keeper’s Cottage to access the water downstream to Stranmillis Weir.
|Between Drum Bridge and Stranmillis Weir
6.1 miles, 9.8 km
|1||Drum Bridge, Upper Malone Road||Steps||Open access|
|2||Minnowburn, Edenderry Road||Steps||Open access|
|3||Shaw's Bridge Boat House||Steps||Open access|
|4||Clement Wilson Park||Steps||Open access|
|5||Lock Keeper's Cottage, Milltown Road||Steps||Open access|
The River Lagan is designated as a course fishery. Angling takes place primarily on the east bank downstream of Stranmillis Weir. Angling is permitted from 150m downstream of Red Bridge (Lock Keepers Cottage) to Stranmillis Weir. Angling is also permitted Upstream along the river from Minnowburn to Clement Wilson Park. Permits can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
For more information and advice, get in touch.