Photos tagged 'Okareka'
Its name means “the lake of sweet food”. In early times, Maori grew sweet potatoes or kumara around the outside of the lake. The lake is now a very popular recreational resource and residential area.
Lake Okareka has reasonably clear, clean water and is used extensively for recreation such as boating, swimming and fishing. However, the quality of the water has been affected, over time, by land use in the catchment. Nutrients have been introduced to the lake from surrounding farmland, residential septic tanks and from the release of existing and accumulated nutrients from sediments on the lake bed. These nutrients have affected lake water quality.