Duddings Lake

This popular recreational lake is found on State Highway 3 between Turakina and Bulls. The lake is used for all kinds of boating activity and day visitors and campers are both catered for. There is a water slide, a boat ramp and a separate area for swimming. Shady trees, picnic tables and a playground scattered around the edge. There are a limited number of power sites and an unlimited number of tent sites. Further information can be found here.

Is it safe for swimming?
The level of health-risk bacteria at Duddings Lake is very low and is safe for swimming under all conditions except when blue-green algae blooms occur.  Blue-green algae can produce toxins so the density of blue-green algae in the lake is monitored by Horizons and warning signs are put up if levels exceed guidelines.

What is Horizons doing to improve the lake?
Lakes have a range of things that need to be balanced to keep the water clean so its fish and plant life can survive and we can enjoy these special spots.

Horizons works to improve water quality by:
• Helping to fence off the lake and it’s feeder streams, so stock do not get into water and contaminate it
• Helping rural land users to stop soil and nutrients eroding from surrounding land and into water
• Managing water that is taken out of the lake and its feeder streams.

Our lake's future
While you can enjoy Duddings Lake this summer, work needs to be done to make sure future generations will be able to use the lake too. Horizons will do this by continuing to support work that reduces the sources of sediment, nutrients and bacteria getting into the lake.