Flows in the lower river are regulated by the operation of the HEP station. There are consented treated waste discharges from dairy ponds in the catchment upstream of the site and the consented Patea Wastewater Treatment Plant discharge 0.7 km upstream of the boatramp.
Boating, fishing, and walking are the main recreational activities at this site. It is a popular boat launching site with a jetty.
Summer recreational surveys for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 is available at https://www.trc.govt.nz/environmental-monitoring-technical-reports/