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Silver Lake
Barron County, 331 Acres


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 43 (Mesotrophic) and was determined using chlorophyll data. For a Two-Story lake, this is considered Good.

Silver Lake has been monitored by volunteers since 1987. 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. Silver Lake is also part of DNR's long term trend monitoring project. 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
Silver Lake - Deep Hole033100Map2019Details
Silver Lake Northeast Bay near Cumberland WI (USGS)10039846Map2006Details
Silver Lake bank sample south shore (Site #1)10041260Map2005Details
Silver Lake bank sample west (Site #7)10041264Map2005Details
Silver Lake bank site east (Site #24)10041268Map2005Details
Silver Lake bank site south central (Site #3)10041262Map2005Details
Silver Lake east nearshore site (Site #21)10041267Map2005Details
Silver Lake nearshore site south (Site #1)10041259Map2005Details
Silver Lake nearshore site west (Site #7)10041263Map2005Details
Silver Lake nearshore south central site (Site #3)10041261Map2005Details
Silver Lake northeast site (Site #15)10041266Map2005Details
Silver Lake northwest site (Site #13)10041265Map2005Details