|This article does not cite any sources. (April 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
|Location||Southland District, Southland Region, South Island|
|Primary outflows||Monowai River|
|Basin countries||New Zealand|
|Surface area||31 km2 (12 sq mi)|
|Surface elevation||180 m (590 ft)|
Lake Monowai is a large lake (31 km²) in the southern part of Fiordland National Park, in New Zealand's South Island, 120 kilometres northwest of Invercargill. At an altitude of 180 metres in a long curved valley, the lake appears on maps shaped like a letter "U". The western part of the lake is set in beautiful mountainous country. It is drained in the northeast by the short Monowai River, which enters the Waiau River eight kilometres to the northeast.
Plans to raise the level of the lake to create more hydroelectric power were shelved by the Labour government of Norman Kirk in the 1970s, and an independent body, the Guardians of Lake Manapouri, Monowai, and Te Anau was created to oversee management of the lake levels (more information at Manapouri Power Station).