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Wingra Lake from Vilas Park

Wingra Lake from Vilas Park
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Find A Lake > Dane County > Lake Wingra

Lake Wingra
Dane County, 336 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 62 (Eutrophic) and was determined using Secchi data. For a Shallow Lowland lake, this is considered Fair. 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.

Lake Wingra has been monitored by volunteers since 1986. 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. 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
Lake Wingra - Carp Exclosure10014706Map2008Details
Lake Wingra - Center of lake10034810Map2012Details
Lake Wingra - Combined Lawn Samplers At Madison WI133499Map2004Details
Lake Wingra - Deep Hole133320Map2019Details
Lake Wingra - North East Site10046787Map2018Details
Lake Wingra - North Side10034809Map2014Details
Lake Wingra - South side of lake10034811Map2015Details
Lake Wingra - West Central Site10046788Map2018Details
Lake Wingra above dam10043408Map2014Details
Lake Wingra at Knickerbocker St10043409Map2014Details