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Vital Statistics

Watershed Area 468 acres
Lake surface area 105 acres
Maximum depth 50 feet
Mean depth 23 feet
Public Park N
Boat Ramp No, no gas engines
Fish Present


Volunteers monitored Lake Joy in 2000 – 2008 and resumed in 2014. This lake is lightly colored, with little capacity to buffer pH changes. It is low to moderate in primary productivity (high oligotrophic), with excellent to good water quality that has remained steady over time. No trends of nutrient change have been found to date. Thermal stratification is stable in summer, but sediments release little phosphorus to deep water, though ammonia build-up suggests low oxygen by August. Nitrogen to phosphorus ratios are above 25:1, which does not favor cyanobacteria. No toxic episodes have been identified to-date. Lake Joy has a walk-in public access point, but no way to launch boats. However, residents and lake users should keep an eye on aquatic plants growing nearshore to catch early infestations of noxious weeds.

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This bathymetric map shows contour lines of equal depth, similar to a topographic map would for mountains and valleys. The red 'X' marks the location where water quality samples are taken.
This map shows the area of the watershed relative to the area of the lake. Generally speaking, the larger a watershed is relative to a lake, the greater the influence land use practices on lake water quality.

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Water Quality Data  

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, data relating to physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the lake have been collected for most lakes. The King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County.

View or Download Data
Use this tool to view or download data from the lake in tabular format. You can define date ranges and select which parameters to view or download.

Chart Data
Use the charting tool to look at graphs showing single parameters for a single water year at a time.

Water quality over time
A common method of tracking water quality trends in lakes is by calculating the “trophic state index” (TSI) (Carlson, 1977) and testing the values for positive or negative trends over time. TSI indicators predict the biological productivity of the lake based on water clarity (Secchi) and concentrations of total phosphorus (TP) and chlorophyll a (Chlor). Generally at least 8 years of data without major lake management activities are needed to have confidence in a significant trend.

The average of these three TSI indicators during the growing season can be used to place lakes in one of three broad categories:
<40 = oligotrophic (low productivity),
40 to 50 = mesotrophic (moderate productivity)
>50 = eutrophic (highly productive).

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