Ballard Lake

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    Ballard Lake is a drainage lake with predominantly sand and gravel substrate and a moderate density walleye population. It has a surface area of 505 acres, 5.5 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 25 feet. (From DNR Ballard Lake Fisheries Information Sheet, 2011). Information from the DNR Website: Bottom 60% sand, 20% gravel, 5% rock, 15% muck. Hydrologic Lake Type: DRAINAGE. Latitude, Longitude: 46.06081870, -89.49849780. Trophic Status: Eutrophic.

    There is one boat landing on the lake, shared with Lake Irving. Access is from the Camp Two Road where is crosses the Ballard-Irving Thoroughfare. From that point a boat may travel either to Ballard or Irving Lake.

    Charles P. Forbes
    March 4, 2012
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    Minor References

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    +++AIS BOAT INSPECTIONS

    The DNR website provides this data for Ballard Lake:

    Years: 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011

    Boats Inspected: 42 / 51 / 59 / 355 / 291

    People Talked to ; 96 / 112 / 124 / 871 / 660

    Manhours used: 15 / 15 / 22 / 107 / 127

    Refer to the link "AIS Boat Inspections"

    +++LOON POPULATION SURVEY LoonWatch’s Annual Lakes Monitoring Program Vilas County Ballard Lake

    Year No. Adults No. Chicks 1985 2 2 1990 2 2 1995 2 2 2000 1 0 2005 1 0 2010 2 0 2015 0 0