Boaties warned of submerged logs in Waitaki Lakes

As a result of recent heavy rainfall, a significant amount of debris is currently floating or submerged in the Waitaki rivers and lakes.

Environment Canterbury’s Harbourmaster, Gary Manch, said that Lake Benmore, Lake Aviemore, Lake Ohau, Lake Waitaki and Lake Ruataniwha are all affected.

Submerged and floating logs in particular are currently a hazard for recreational river and lake use and will remain a hazard for a number of weeks, throughout the summer boating season.

We advise skippers that it is your responsibility to ensure the area you are using is navigable and safe to transit, and we strongly recommend keeping speeds to a minimum.

Be vigilant and stay safe this summer.

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