Lake Dunstan

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Lake Dunstan
Lake Dunstan - The Clyde Dam
The Clyde Dam
Location Central Otago District, Otago Region, South Island
Lake type reservoir
Primary sources Clutha River
Primary outflows Clutha River
Basin countries New Zealand
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 boating waterskiing, fishing, parapenting, and rowing.

The dam and lake became well known in New Zealand due to media coverage of the geological problems during its construction. While the dam was being built at least one landslide occurred at Cairnmuir, a series of bluffs overlooking the gorge where the dam was built. All parties involved denied responsibility for not finding the problem.

Because of the expense of stabilising the gorge walls and the changing economic climate, this was also the last of Robert Muldoon's Think Big projects.

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This article uses material from Wikipedia, "Lake Dunstan"



Clutha River edit
Source: Southern Alps
Flows into: Pacific Ocean
Administrative areas: Otago Region | Queenstown Lakes District | Central Otago District | Clutha District

Towns and settlements (upstream to downstream):
Wanaka | Albert Town | Luggate | Lowburn | Cromwell | Clyde | Alexandra | Roxburgh Hydro
Roxburgh | Teviot | Ettrick | Millers Flat | Beaumont | Tuapeka Mouth | Clydevale | Balclutha


Major tributaries (upstream to downstream by confluence):
Makarora River | Matukituki River | Cardrona River | Hawea River | Lindis River | Kawarau River
Manuherikia River | Teviot River | Tuapeka River | Pomahaka River | Waitahuna River


Lakes in catchment (upstream to downstream by location or tributary):
Lake Wanaka | Lake Hawea | Lake Dunstan | Lake Wakatipu | Lake Roxburgh | Lake Tuakitoto


Islands in catchment (upstream to downstream by location or tributary):
Harwich Island | Pigeon Island | Pig Island | Inch Clutha


Structures (upstream to downstream):
Old Cromwell Bridge | Clyde Dam | Roxburgh Dam | Balclutha Road Bridge

Longest New Zealand rivers: 1. Waikato 2. Clutha 3. Whanganui 4. Taieri 5. Rangitikei
6. Mataura 7. Waiau (Southland) 8. Clarence 9. Waitaki 10. Oreti
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