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Lake Opunake at boat ramp

The lake is used for picnicking and boating. Ducks are common at the lake and investigations have shown that bathing guideline exceedances at this site are caused by birdlife.

For all sites, the Council advises :

Avoid for three days after heavy rain, if the lake is high, or if you cannot see the bottom clearly.

Summer recreational surveys for both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 showed that 92% of samples met the freshwater microbiological water quality guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MfE, 2003)  and did not exceed the ‘Action’ level (>550 E.coli/100mls). 

The State of the Environment technical report showing the freshwater recreational monitoring results for 2016-2017 is available at

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