amp Camp - Rivers & Lakes - Methven Mt Hutt Guide NZ

Lake Camp

Lake Camp, located 45 minutes from Methven, is the only lake in the area where power boating is permitted. Swimming, boating, water skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and kite-surfing activities tend to dominate but during quiet periods (early in the morning or in the evenings) the odd quality trout often rewards angler effort in this glacier-formed lake.

Toilets are located at the eastern and western ends of the lake.

Lake Camp is located a couple of minutes walk away from Lake Clearwater, and a small village of around 100 holiday homes (or baches as they are called in New Zealand) are located on the ground that separates these two lakes.

Freedom camping is permitted around the edges of the lake for self-contained vehicles.

This lake is part of the Ashburton Lakes, a group of lakes located in the Hakatere Conservation Park including Lake Clearwater, Lake Camp, Lake Heron, Lake Emma, Lake Emily, Lake Denny, Lake Roundabout, Spider Lakes, and the Maori Lakes. Most of the lakes are easily accessed by gravel roads (from Hakatere Corner), however there are some that can only be accessed on foot or with a 4WD vehicle. The lakes are quite shallow which means they are warm in summer and often freeze over in winter. Fishing using starts on the 1st November and closes on 30th April.

This spectacular Canterbury high country is also a fantastic destination for non-water orientated activities including mountain biking, photography, hunting, hiking, tramping, walking, and bird-watching.

Lake Camp Information

Size: 0.44 km²
Max depth: 18.9m
Fishing: Fish & Game – Central South Island Region