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Lake Waikare and Whangamarino wetland control gates

Control gates map image

Since the establishment of the Lake Waikare gate, the lake level can now be artificially controlled between 5.50-5.65 m. In pre-gate days, the average level of the lake hovered around 6.5 m (0.21 m higher than the flood peak in July 1998). The highest lake level on record is 8.38 m (1958). The design flood level of the scheme (when lake floodwaters actually flow over farmland and into the wetland) is 7.37 m.