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Lake Ratapiko at boat ramp

Lake Ratapiko is approximately 12 kilometres from Inglewood township and drains the eastern hill country of the Waitara catchment area.  The lake is replenished by diversion water flow from the mid reaches of the Manganui River for the Motukawa Hydro Electric Plant scheme.

For all sites, the Council advises:
Avoid for three days after heavy rain, if the river is high, or if you cannot see the bottom clearly.

The lake is commonly used for boating and fishing, particularly at weekends and holidays.

Recreational bathing surveys over the last two summers (2017-2018 and 2018-2019) showed that 100% 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 cfu/100mls). 

The State of the Environment technical report showing the freshwater recreational monitoring results for 2018-2019 is available at


Please note that the Taranaki Regional Council calculates the Overall Bacteria Risk (risk of bacterial infection from swimming) for each site based on the test results of bacteria samples collected during routine sampling events.  The test results of follow up samples are not included in the assessment of risk by the regional council.

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