Monowai was one of the first New Zealand lakes to be harnessed for hydro-electric power production and is a gateway to the southern part of Fiordland National Park.
Small picnic and camping areas with toilets are located at Lake Monowai.
There are numerous walking tracks and tramps in the area.
Lake Monowai and its tributary rivers provide good trout fishing (anglers need a current fishing licence).
A boat launching ramp is at the end of the road at Lake Monowai. Care must be taken to avoid submerged tree stumps around the shore line.
(30 minutes return)
Walk through mature beech forest, to overlook the lower reaches of Lake Monowai.
Turn off the Southern Scenic Route between Clifden and Manapouri, just north of the Blackmount School.