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Vital Statistics

Watershed Area 304 acres
Lake surface area 39 acres
Maximum depth 22 feet
Mean depth 7 feet
Public Park N
Boat Ramp N
Fish Present


Volunteers monitored Lake Kathleen from 1996-2008 and resumed in 2014. This lake is moderately colored and very lightly buffered against pH change. It is moderate in primary productivity (mesotrophic) with good quality. Overall trophic state indicators have decreased since 1998, although phosphorus decrease is not as well supported. Thermal stratification occurs, but is not stable through summer. Neither phosphorus nor ammonia show increases in deep water during the summer. Nitrogen to phosphorus ratios are generally above 25:1, which does not favor cyanobacterial growth. No toxic episodes have been identified to-date. Lake Kathleen has no public boat launch or access. The native aquatic plant Najas has made large nuisance populations in the lake in recent years.

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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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