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Vital Statistics

Watershed Area 875 acres
Lake surface area 72 acres
Maximum depth 21 feet
Mean depth 13 feet
Public Park Yes
Boat Ramp Y, no gas engines
Fish Present bass, stocked rainbow


Volunteers monitored Lake Desire from the 1980s-2004, and resumed in 2014. The lake is moderately colored, lightly buffered against pH change, and fairly high in primary productivity (threshold eutrophic) with good to fair water quality. King County produced a lake management plan (1995), and the lake was cleared of impairment on the EPA 303d list in 2008. Productivity in 2014 is similar to 2004, suggesting stability. Thermal stratification is partially stable in summer, and phosphorus may build up slightly in deep water. Nitrogen to phosphorus ratios are generally below 25:1 in summer, which may favor cyanobacteria. Desire was monitored for cyanotoxins in 2009-2011, but levels have remained low to-date. Lake Desire has a public access boat ramp, and Eurasian milfoil was first reported in the lake in 1995. An approved Integrated Vegetation Management Plan and state aquatic weed fund grant have recently allowed for treatment of the infestation.

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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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