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Vast weed beds and still quiet backwaters provide some hunting opportunity, however pronounced lake level fluctuation swings can affect hunting. Also popular for other recreational activities such as rowing and wake boarding.
Boat ramps at:
- Karapiro Domain
Boat ramp gives access to western arm of lake.
- State Highway 1, Karapiro Straight (Keely's Reserve)
Reserve with boat ramps provide access to mid reaches of lake.
- State Highway 1, Karapiro Straight (Monaroa Reserve)
Reserve with boat ramps provides access to mid reaches of lake.
- Bob's Landing , Karapiro Straight
Entry is diagonal to and below the Tirau Road (SH1) and Maungatautari Road intersection.
- Horahora Domain
Horahora Reserve off Maungatautari Road, Horahora. Boat ramps provide access to "Stumpy Bay" and lake further south. (Camping permitted - fully self contained camper vans only, short term stays. No freedom camping).
- Aniwanawa Reserve
Foot access only from Horahora Road near Pokaiwhenua Stream mouth.
- Little Waipa Domain
Boat Ramp off Horahora Road where Waipa Stream enters Lake Karapiro gives access to wide calm backwaters and swifter areas upstream (camping permitted - fully self contained camper vans only).
- Finlay Park
Boat Ramp at end of Finlay Road Horahora on western side of Lake Karapiro. Private access but made available to public on request.
- Epworth Camp
Boat Ramp at end of Finlay Road, Horahora. Private access but made available to public on request.