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Keep children and dogs away from areas of algae accumulation along the shoreline to avoid potentially toxic conditions.

Vital Statistics

Watershed Area 1290 acres
Lake surface area 33 acres
Maximum depth 17 feet
Mean depth feet
Public Park No
Boat Ramp No
Fish Present


Volunteers monitored Lake Marcel in 2000-2008 and resumed in 2014. This lake is lightly colored, with light buffering capacity against pH change, and relatively high in primary productivity (threshold eutrophic) with fair to good water quality that has remained steady over time. Total nitrogen may be slowly decreasing. Thermal stratification is unstable in summer, and neither phosphorus nor ammonia build up in deep water. Nitrogen to phosphorus ratios often drop below 25:1 in late summer, which can favor cyanobacteria. Marcel was monitored for cyanotoxins in 2009-2011. Anatoxin-a was tracked in the lake in 2013 and 2014. Lake Marcel has no public access point, but has a history of aquatic weed management, including stocking with grass carp and chemical treatments. Residents should watch for 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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