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Birch Island Lake


Water Quality

One measure of a lakes health is the trophic state, which relates to the amount of algae in the water. The average summer trophic state for the last 5 years was 38 (Oligotrophic) and was determined using chlorophyll data. For a Shallow Seepage lake, this is considered Excellent. Shallow Seepage lakes do not stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.

Birch Island Lake has been monitored by volunteers since 1997. Volunteers monitor water clarity with a black and white Secchi disk. Some also collect water samples, which are sent to the State Lab of Hygiene to be analyzed. Volunteers are the source of the majority of Wisconsin's lake water quality data, and their dedication is greatly appreciated. Additional monitoring has been done through projects funded in part by DNR Lake Grants and Aquatic Invasive Species Grants. Reports and graphs featuring data collected by volunteers, DNR staff and others can be viewed below.

Water Quality Reports and Graphs

Station NameStation IDMapMax YearReports
Birch Island Lake - Deep Hole Near Center073099Map2023Details
Birch Island Lake - East Basin073131Map2023Details
Birch Island Lake - North Basin073124Map2023Details
Birch Island Lake - West Basin073130Map2023Details