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Vital Statistics

Watershed Area 562 acres
Lake surface area 7 acres
Maximum depth feet
Mean depth feet
Public Park No
Boat Ramp No
Fish Present NA


Volunteer monitoring at Peterson Pond began in 2004 and continued through 2008, after which it was discontinued. The data indicate that this small lake was moderately colored and high in primary productivity (eutrophic), with fair water quality. No trend in productivity was validated.

The lake is too shallow for profile sampling. Nitrogen to phosphorus ratios were below 20:1, which generally favors bluegreens over other algae, although the water color and bog characteristics of the lake may impact bluegreen growth .

Beavers frequent the lake, and a beaver deceiver is installed at the outlet to maintain water levels. Peterson Pond currently has no public access points, but users should keep an eye on aquatic plants growing nearshore to catch early infestations of Eurasian milfoil, Brazilian elodea or other 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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Reports and Related Links

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For questions about lakes in King County, please contact or call the Water and Land Resources Division front desk at 206-477-4800.