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Balsam Lake
Polk County, 1901 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 48 (Mesotrophic) and was determined using satellite water clarity observations 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.

Balsam Lake has been monitored by volunteers since 1987. Volunteers monitor water clarity with a black and white Secchi disk. 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
Balsam Lake - Deep Hole493121Map2005Details
Balsam Lake - Deep Hole Off Cedar Island - Main Basin Site #1493056Map2019Details
Balsam Lake - NE [Herbicide Sampling Site 2]10042104Map2015Details
Balsam Lake - NW [Herbicide Sampling Site 1]10042103Map2015Details
Balsam Lake - Off Rock Island - East Basin - Site 3493058Map2019Details
Balsam Lake - S [Herbicide Sampling Site 5]10043384Map2015Details
Balsam Lake - S side of lake near 130th St. (S3)10029965Map2010Details
Balsam Lake - SE [Herbicide Sampling Site 4]10042106Map2015Details
Balsam Lake - SW [Herbicide Sampling Site 3]10042105Map2015Details
Balsam Lake - West Basin (S4)10029966Map2010Details
Balsam Lake - near 183rd Ave (S2)10029964Map2010Details
Balsam Lake Little Balsam Site #2 - Off Little Narrows493057Map2018Details
Balsam Lake near Kemoh Park Ln (S5)10029967Map2010Details