History & Legends

Lake Atiamuri was formed in 1958 when the Waikato River was dammed for hydroelectric power generation.

When the lake is first seen, the water appears to be almost black although it is in fact clean and has good visibility.



There is good fishing from the dam face into the faster water of the tailrace and for a good section of the river downstream. Both brown and rainbow trout are present in this lake, with some of the fish reaching the magical 10 pound (4.5 kg) mark.

Trolling is the preferred method for fishing this lake although those taking a boat upstream towards Lake Ohakuri can find good spinner fishing and when fly fishing in some of the faster water.