Lake Clarity

Dave Scott, LLPOA board member and leader of the water quality team, regularly records the clarity of the lake water using a Secchi disk. It is an opaque disk, typically white, used to gauge the transparency of water by measuring the depth (Secchi depth) at which the disk ceases to be visible from the surface. Dave explained that many factors can cause the water to be opaque or clear on any given day: water churned up by wind or boat action; a cloudy day; or sediment leftover from the ice. Generally, one should note the trends over time, he said.

More information from State of Minnesota
What water clarity tells us

Here are early-season readings

  • 17 May 2019: 17.5 ft.

  • 30 May 2019: 28 ft.

  • 26 May 2018: 19.5 ft.

  • 1 June 2017: 34 ft.

  • 30 May 2016: 38.5 ft.

  • 28 May 2015: 33 ft.

  • 28 May 2014: 27.5 ft.

  • 3 June 2013: 24 ft.

Picture from State of MN

Picture from State of MN