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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Wilson Lake

Wilson Lake is located in the upper Elk River Chain of Lakes. A short section (1/4 mile) of the Intermediate River feeds Wilson Lake from Ellsworth Lake; another short section (1/3 mile) flows from Wilson Lake into Ben-Way Lake.

89 acres

OF SURFACE AREA

3.4 miles

OF SHORELINE

48 feet

MAX DEPTH

Overview of Wilson Lake

Watershed

Primary Inflows

Mouth

Surface Area

89 acres

Shoreline

3.4 miles

Maximum Depth

48 feet

Length

Known Aquatic Invasive Species

Description:

Wilson Lake is located in the upper Elk River Chain of Lakes. A short section (1/4 mile) of the Intermediate River feeds Wilson Lake from Ellsworth Lake; another short section (1/3 mile) flows from Wilson Lake into Ben-Way Lake. Von Stratten Creek is a small inlet in the southwest corner of the lake. A pronounced sand delta is evident at this creek’s mouth, a result of the sand bedload carried by the creek. The lake supports populations of largemouth bass, bluegill and longnose gar, among other species. 

Monitoring and Research:

Wilson Lake is monitored every three years through the Watershed Council’s Comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring (CWQM) Program for dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity, pH, nitrate-nitrogen, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chloride levels.

It is NOT monitored through the Watershed Council’s Volunteer Lake Monitoring (VLM) Program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the Watershed Council at 231-347-1181. 

The Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Plan Implementation Team meets regularly and is working to protect the lakes in the Chain.

Additional Resources:

See additional resources on our Aquavist page.

A wide variety of maps for this area are available online at the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) Data Resources page.

TitleLink
Comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring (CWQM)
2022 Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Management Plan
2016 Wilson Lake Shoreline Survey
2014-2015 Elk River Invasive Species Monitoring Project Report
2010 Elk River Chain of Lakes Profile CWQM

Shoreline Survey:

Elk River Chain of Lakes Shoreline Survey

Project Summary During the summers of 2016 and 2017, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council led a coordinated effort to conduct a shoreline survey for 15 Lakes in the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed. The surveys were meant to document conditions that could impact water quality, including the

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