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Big Lake
Polk County, 245 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 52 (Eutrophic) and was determined using chlorophyll data. For a Shallow Lowland lake, this is considered Excellent. Shallow Lowland lakes do not stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have watersheds greater than 4 square miles in area.

Big Lake has been monitored by volunteers since 1986. 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
Big Lake - Deep Hole493107Map2019Details
Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 15A]10042127Map2015Details
Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 15B]10042128Map2015Details
Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 1]10042124Map2015Details
Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 2]10042125Map2015Details
Big Lake [Herbicide Sampling Site 12]10042126Map2015Details