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Forest County, 1246 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 40 (Oligotrophic) and was determined using chlorophyll data. For a Two-Story lake, this is considered Excellent.
Butternut 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. 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|
|Butternut Lake - Site 1-Main Basin South Central||213070||Map||2015||Details|
|Butternut Lake - Site 2 Nw Main Basn||213071||Map||2015||Details|
|Butternut Lake - Site 3-Deep Hole||213137||Map||2021||Details|
|Butternut Lake - Site 4 East Lobe||213072||Map||1997||Details|
|Butternut Lake - Site 5 South Lobe||213073||Map||1997||Details|