River Leven Corridor | Riverways | G83 8SS
What is a Riverway? A riverway is the part of a river that boats can travel on, or the route or course of a river. Within West Dunbartonshire there are 3 riverways of which River Leven Corridor is one. Along these you can see remnants of the river's past from pulleys where botas were able to transfer their goods to the shore to large bays where ships were built. The riverways also provide great habitats for fish such as brown trout, sea trout and even salmon! Many birds can also be seen along these routes including cormorant and the red-breasted merganser. Waders are also present and include redshank, oystercatchers and curlew. Eider ducks, goldeneye and little grebes can be seen near the Leven mouth and look out for the dipper on the River Leven!
Connecting Loch Lomond to the Clyde estuary. The River Leven runs from Balloch to Dumbarton through the Vale of Leven and is a key feature of the green network in West Dunbartonshire.
The River Leven plays a vital role funnelling wildlife through the centre of the urban areas along its length and covering 59 hectares.
The River Leven is central Scotland’s premier Salmon and Sea Trout fishery and is very popular with salmon and sea trout anglers, trying to catch one of these migratory fish going up to Loch Lomond.
At 6 miles in length, it is relatively short river but is widely claimed to be the second fastest flowing river in Scotland.
The River Leven corridor lies just to the south of the Highland fault and the Highland line.
River leven is a tidal river and the tides can be seen reaching as far as Bonhill Bridge.
National Cycle Network Route 7 runs alongside the River.