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Washburn County, 2513 Acres
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 42 (Mesotrophic) 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.
Shell Lake has been monitored by volunteers since 1988. 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. Shell 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 Name||Station ID||Map||Max Year||Reports|
|Shell Lake - Deep Hole||663010||Map||2020||Details|
|Shell Lake Northeast Site||10041526||Map||2009||Details|
|Shell Lake Northwest Site 1||10041524||Map||2009||Details|
|Shell Lake Northwest Site 2||10041525||Map||2009||Details|
|Shell Lake Southcentral Site||10041528||Map||2009||Details|
|Shell Lake Southeast Site||10041527||Map||2009||Details|
|Shell Lake Southwest Site||10041529||Map||2009||Details|