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Polk County, 245 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 51 (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 Name||Station ID||Map||Max Year||Reports|
|Big Lake - Deep Hole||493107||Map||2020||Details|
|Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 15A]||10042127||Map||2015||Details|
|Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 15B]||10042128||Map||2015||Details|
|Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 1]||10042124||Map||2015||Details|
|Big Lake - [Herbicide Sampling Site 2]||10042125||Map||2015||Details|
|Big Lake [Herbicide Sampling Site 12]||10042126||Map||2015||Details|