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    Loch Chon is a relatively large (surface area 100 ha) lake lying at an altitude of 100 m in the Trossachs region of central Scotland. The loch is fed by several small streams and drains to the south via Loch Ard and the River Forth. The loch has two main basins, with the deepest area (25 m) represented by a trench near the western shore. The loch drains an extensive catchment of 1,570 ha with a maximum altitude of 600 m to the north-west. The geology consists of metamorphosed sediments of the Dalradian group (Cambrian), with bands of rocks containing high proportions of calcium and magnesium ('green beds'), although these apparently contribute little to the alkalinity to the loch. Catchment soils consist of peaty gleys, peaty podsols and humus iron podsols.


    Most of the lower ground in the Loch Chon catchment is planted with coniferous forest, although there is a small amount of deciduous woodland along the shores of the loch and the banks of the inflow streams. Sitka spruce predominates with some Norway spruce, Japanese larch, Scots pine and Lodgepole pine. Planting began in 1951 and continued throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The mechanical digging of drains or ploughing was not carried out in these early plantations due to the steep gradient of the slopes and thin soils, although areas planted recently (since 1980) have been ploughed.
    There is a small farm at the north end of Loch Chon and until the early 1980s potatoes and hay grass were grown and cattle grazed adjacent to the loch, but in recent years the intensity of land-management in this area has declined. A small road passes through the catchment on the east side of the loch and a subterranean aqueduct, built in the nineteenth century to carry water from Loch Katrine to Glasgow, passes along the west side of the loch. Many of the inflow streams have been canalized where they pass over the aqueduct on the western side of the catchment.

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    There is another Loch Chon located near Trinafour village. It would mean quite a long trolley, but the benefit would be that there is a cracking bothy, and a fine wee loch, full of nooks, crannies and pike.
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    Went paddling on Loch Chon last week. It's a lovely loch to paddle. Access is easy at the south end of the loch where the parking spaces are close to the water's edge. There are sheltered bays, small Islands to visit with geese nesting and open water to the north end. There is also a landing place towards the north of the loch. Paddling solo In the win was hard work. Eventually gave up and landed towards the North of the loch and got a lift back to my car.

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