Lake Louise in August 2016
|Location||Franklin Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania|
|Primary inflows||Sutton Creek; two unnamed streams|
|Primary outflows||Sutton Creek|
|Catchment area||2.69 square miles (7.0 km2)|
|Max. length||4,000 feet (1,200 m)|
|Surface area||56 or 67 acres (23 or 27 ha)|
|Water volume||193 acre feet (238,000 m3)|
|Surface elevation||1,083 metres (3,553 ft)|
Lake Louise is a lake in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It has a surface area of approximately 67 acres (27 ha) on The National Map and is located entirely in Franklin Township. The lake is dammed by the Lake Louise Dam, which is in poor condition, as of 1980. Lake Louise is situated on Sutton Creek and drains an area of 2.69 square miles (7.0 km2). As of 1980, its watershed is mostly forested. The Lake Louise Lake Association was given a Growing Greener mini-grant in 2012.
Geography, geology, and watershed
The main inflows to Lake Louise are Sutton Creek and two unnamed streams. The main outflow is Sutton Creek. The lake has an elevation of 1,083 feet (330 m) above sea level. Under normal conditions, the lake has an area of 56 acres (23 ha), a volume of 193 acre feet (238,000 m3), and a length of 4,000 feet (1,200 m). However, the maximum storage capacity is 705 acre feet (870,000 m3). The lake is 4 miles (6.4 km) upstream of the Susquehanna River.
Lake Louise is dammed by the Lake Louise Dam. As of 1980, this dam is in poor condition, with a spillway capable of handling 45 percent of a probably maximum flood. It was classified as an "unsafe non-emergency dam". The dam is an earthfill dam with a height of 16 feet (4.9 m), a length of 210 feet (64 m), and a width of 26 feet (7.9 m) at the top.
Lake Louise is in the Glaciated Low Plateaus section of the Appalachian Plateaus physiographic province. The main rock formation underlying the lake is the Devonian-age Susquehanna Group, which consists of conglomerate, siltstone, sandstone, and shale.
In October 2007, the concentration of nitrate/nitrogen at the inlets to Lake Louise ranged from 0.19 to 0.33 milligrams per liter (1.2×10−5 to 2.1×10−5 lb/cu ft). In November 2009, the concentration ranged from 0.10 to 0.46 milligrams per liter (6.2×10−6 to 2.87×10−5 lb/cu ft) and in May 2011, the concentration ranged from 0.09 to 0.33 milligrams per liter (5.6×10−6 to 2.06×10−5 lb/cu ft). At the outlet of Lake Louise, the concentrations on those three dates were 0.19 milligrams per liter (1.2×10−5 lb/cu ft), 0.12 milligrams per liter (7.5×10−6 lb/cu ft), and 0.24 milligrams per liter (1.5×10−5 lb/cu ft), respectively. For comparison, healthy lakes generally have concentrations of less than 0.05 milligrams per liter (3.1×10−6 lb/cu ft) in the summertime.
In October 2007, the concentration of phosphorus at the inlets to Lake Louise ranged from 0.61 to 1.62 milligrams per liter (3.8×10−5 to 0.000101 lb/cu ft). In November 2009, the concentration ranged from 0.04 to 0.99 milligrams per liter (2.5×10−6 to 6.18×10−5 lb/cu ft) and in May 2011, the concentration ranged from 0.04 to 0.53 milligrams per liter (2.5×10−6 to 3.31×10−5 lb/cu ft). At the outlet of Lake Louise, the concentrations on those three dates were 0.00 milligrams per liter (0 lb/cu ft), 0.29 milligrams per liter (1.8×10−5 lb/cu ft), and 0.59 milligrams per liter (3.7×10−5 lb/cu ft), respectively. For comparison, a phosphorus concentration of more than 0.03 milligrams per liter (1.9×10−6 lb/cu ft) indicates a eutrophic lake.
In 2012, the Lake Louise Lake Association was awarded a Growing Greener mini-grant for sediment removal, shoreline stabilization, riparian buffer establishment, and invasive species control on Lake Louise.
- United States Geological Survey, The National Map Viewer, archived from the original on April 5, 2012, retrieved August 9, 2015
- Geographic Names Information System, Feature Detail Report for: Lake Louise, retrieved August 9, 2015
- L. Robert Kimball And Associates, ADA091448, pp. 13, 17, 51, 104, retrieved August 9, 2015
- R. Jeffrey Kimball (September 1980), National Dam Inspection Program. Lake Louise Dam (NDS ID Number PA-558, DER ID Number 40-134), Susquehanna River Basin, Suttons Creek, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Phase I Inspection Report, retrieved August 9, 2015
- Thomas E. Barnard; Erich Schramm; Brian Naberezny; Dale Bruns; Kenneth Klemow (March 30, 2012), Surface water quality monitoring to address the impacts on Marcellus Gas development on small and medium streams in northeast Pennsylvania, retrieved August 9, 2015
- PA Lake Management Society, Round 1 Mini-Grants, retrieved August 9, 2015[permanent dead link]