Lake Level

How to measure lake level

  1. Locate the metal staff gauge (see image below) that may be located near the boat ramp or lake outlet.
  2. Wipe off any scum or algae at the waterline.
  3. Record the lake level in feet, tenths of feet, and hundredths of feet.
  4. Enter the data online.


A metal staff gauge inserted in lake water.

If your lake does not have a gauge, you may contact your local DNR office to install one or receive additional instructions from them on other methods of collection.