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Lake Hayes at Mill Creek Shallows

This swimming site was suitable for swimming on 88% of the occasions sampled over the last five years and 100% of occasions over the last two years. However, with many ducks congregating around the shore, their duck poop has found to be the main cause of bacteria elevations - in particular, on windy days when the sand/sediment is stirred up in the water contributing to an elevated bacteria count. The other source of bacteria is ruminant (sheep/cows) which enter the lake via Mill Creek and may carry higher bacterial concentrations after heavy rainfall.

Lake Hayes is a small lake in the Wakatipu Basin in Central Otago, in New Zealand's South Island. It is located close to the towns of Arrowtown and Queenstown.

The southern end of the lake is close to State Highway 6, while the western side is bordered by Slope Hill. The main area for access to the lake is the northern end which has a large grassed area for recreation activities.

Last updated September 2021.

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