Monday, January 30, 2017
What Are Wisconsin's Clearest Lakes?
Time for my annual list of the clearest lakes in Wisconsin. Every year, I consult with Jennifer Filbert at the Wisconsin DNR. Jennifer manages the data for the state-wide citizen's lake monitoring group. They're a network of individuals, usually lake-front property owners who monitor and regularly take a variety of water samples from lakes all across Wisconsin. The data they compile helps to give us a look at how our lakes are doing. One of the many tasks lake monitors perform is to take regular sechi disc readings. This is a universal way of assessing and comparing water clarity. I'm always interested in knowing which Wisconsin inland lakes are the clearest. Every year, Jennifer sends me a spreadsheet of some really comprehensive data that I'm happy to share with you. Here are the lakes that recorded the highest average water clarity in 2016. In short-here are Wisconsin's clearest inland lakes and their average water clarity in 2016:
1) Crystal Lake, Marquette Co. 30 feet
2) Lake Owen, Bayfield Co. 26 feet
3) Blue Lake, Oneida Co. 26 feet
4) Pine Lake, Waukesha Co. 25 feet
5) Whitefish Lake, Douglas Co. 25 feet
6) Lake Lucerne, Forest Co. 24 feet
7) Paya Lake, Oconto Co. 24 feet
8) Big Newton Lake, Marinette Co. 23 feet
9) Black Oak Lake, Vilas Co. 23 feet
10) Maiden Lake, Oconto Co. 22 feet
To see the lake list from 2015, click here. To see the lake list from 2014, click here. For the lake list from 2013, click here. And for the 2012 list of clear lakes, click here.