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Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

lakeLake Pukaki
countryNew Zealand
surface area176 km2
maximum depth70 m
average depth79 m
lake typeNatural, dammed
catchment area1,374 km2
altitude534 m
volume14 km3
inflowsTasman River
outflowsPukaki River
islandsFive Pound Note Island (now submerged)
shore length86 km
settlementsMount Cook Village
residence time1,557 days
trophic stateMicrotrophic
dam height61 m
dam year1976
average discharge103 m3 / sec.

Lake Pukaki Information and Facts

Lake Pukaki is a microtrophic natural, dammed lake that covers a surface area of 176 km2 (68 mi2), has an average depth of 79 meters (258 feet), and reaches a maximum depth of 70 meters (230 feet). Lake Pukaki boasts a total water volume of 14 km3 (11,178,125 acre-feet), and has a total shore line of 86 kilometers (53 miles). The lake, which sits at an elevation of 534 meters (1,752 feet), drains a whatershed that covers 1,374 km2 (531 mi2) and has a residence time of 1,557 days (4 years). Its main inflows are Tasman River, and the lake is drained by Pukaki River. The most important settlement on the shores of Lake Pukaki is Mount Cook Village. Lake Pukaki's dam was built in 1976 and has a height of 61 meters (201 feet).

Lake Pukaki Fish Species

Brown trout
Rainbow trout