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Encyclopedia > Lake Dunstan

Lake Dunstan is located in the South Island of New Zealand.


The lake was formed on the Clutha River as a result of the construction of the Clyde Dam during the 1990s. Parts of the town of Cromwell were relocated to a new area above the new lake.


Lake Dunstan provides irrigation for nearby stone fruit orchards and vineyards, and is a major recreational asset, with facilities for jet boating waterskiing, fishing, parapenting, and rowing.


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International Water Power and Dam Construction (1285 words)
Lake Dunstan, which is formed by the Clyde dam and is situated between Lakes Roxburgh and Hawea, commenced filling in 1992.
In 1957, shortly after Lake Roxburgh was filled a flood of 2570m3/sec produced a water level of 136.68m at Alexandra, and in 1994 a lesser flood of 2340m3/sec produced a higher water level of 140.03m.
Lake Dunstan has a normal operating range of 1m and therefore the sediment accumulation is not a restriction on the run-of-river hydro power generation.
Tourism Cromwell - river and lake activities (861 words)
Boat fishing on Lake Dunstan, wetting a fly in a surging pool in the gorge system of the upper Manuherikia River, and spin fishing in one of our golden tussock fringed lakes up in the high country are examples are examples of the diversity of experiences that are available.
Lake Dunstan is a very productive fishery offering good sport to shore based anglers and those who prefer to fish from a boat.
The value of this area was recognised prior to the filling of the lake in 1992 and a large area has been set aside as a Wildlife Management Reserve at Bendigo, at the top of the Clutha Arm.
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