Lake Rotoehu

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Lake Rotoehu

Located halfway between Rotorua and Whakatāne on the eastern Bay of Plenty, Lake Rotoehu is a stunning, secluded lake providing great fly fishing for the large population of hard-fighting rainbow trout.

Rotoehu is Māori for ‘murky water,’ so it’s likely the lake has never been clear. Years ago, Lake Rotoehu was heavily populated with many pa sites located nearby, and today its shoreline is home to a number of traditional Kiwi baches.

Formed by lava damming of a river valley, Lake Rotoehu is very shallow, although it’s able to hide a sunken island underneath its waters! The lake’s water quality remained fairly stable until 1993 when the level of nutrients and algae rose dramatically due to a drop in water level after a long, warm summer.

There’s been a lot of effort over the last few years to improve the lake’s water quality (including phosphorus locking and weed harvesting), but there’s still more work to be done. Land management changes, weed harvesting and two voluntary agreements with landowners in the catchment have been implemented to keep the momentum going, but it’ll take time for the effects of these changes to reach the lake. In the meantime, our programme will continue to roll out short term solutions.

Current Lakes Closures / Events

No Closures

There are no health warnings.
Recent Monitoring Results
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There are currently no health warnings for Rotoehu
Water Quality
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News & Events

Mānuka to help clean up local waterways

Mānuka to help clean up local waterways

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He Huihuinga Rotomoana success

He Huihuinga Rotomoana success

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Councillor Lyall...

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Working with teachers to make changes

Working with teachers to make changes

Te Arawa Lakes Trust is currently hosting primary...

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LAKE ŌKĀREKA WATER LEVELS UPDATE, JUNE 2019

LAKE ŌKĀREKA WATER LEVELS UPDATE, JUNE 2019

In contrast to autumn 2017, autumn 2019 has been...

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Lake Rotorua science review completed

Lake Rotorua science review completed

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is on track...

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Lake Ōkāreka update February 2019

Lake Ōkāreka update February 2019

The water level in Lake Ōkāreka is now well...

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