Powers Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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Those dreaming of a lake getaway in the Lake Michigan region of southeastern Wisconsin couldn’t do much better than Powers Lake. This 450-acre natural freshwater lake offers a little bit of everything, from swimming to water-skiing to fishing to quiet lakefront evenings on the deck. If your interest is sailing, the Powers Lake Yacht Club welcomes new members and is eager to have you join them. And if you prefer to simply kick back and enjoy a lake breeze, that’s okay, too!

Powers Lake has no inlet; water enters the lake from ground water and precipitation during rainstorms. Water outflows indirectly to nearby little Lake Benedict and even smaller Lake Tombeau. Eventually the water reaches the eastern branch of the Nippersink River where it finally becomes part of the Fox River Chain in Illinois. Even though there are many homes built near the shore, the lake remains quite clean and clear. Because the lake spans the borders of two counties, a new organizational entity was created to facilitate governance and coordinate water quality monitoring. The District of Powers Lake acts something like a property owners association but with a focus on maintaining Powers Lake to the enjoyment of all. The District concerns itself with monitoring for invasive species, organizing efforts geared toward removing such hazards, and educating lake users about good water management practices.

Two small parks owned by the Town of Randall are located on the southeastern shore. Neither has designated swim areas, and most of the space is devoted to municipal boat slips which may be leased by the season. The public may launch boats for a fee which is slightly higher than that charged to locals. Summer boat traffic can be heavy, with waterskiing, jet skiing, tubing and wakeboarding. All of that ends by sunset, however, when no-wake regulations mandate calm waters until 10 AM. Two public boat launches maintained by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provide easy and free access to smaller boats.

Fishing is usually good at Powers Lake. Fish availability is monitored by the DNR. Among the species most often caught are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, bluegill and panfish. An annual ice fishing derby is held on Powers lake each winter. There are no marinas on the lake and it appears no bait or fishing tackle sales near the shore. In this area of many small lakes, several can be found nearby, however.

The heavily developed shore of Powers lake includes many higher-end homes. Because Powers Lake is only 40 miles from Milwaukee and 50 miles from Chicago, it has become an ideal place to own a lake home or to rent a vacation property. Most homes have their own docks, and larger boats can be launched from the ramps at the two town parks. The atmosphere is residential, with large yards and plenty of shade trees. Most home have their own narrow swim areas along the sandy, shallow shore. Many properties have been in the same family for several generations, with the facilities often being enlarged or rebuilt in recent years. Nearby towns such as Genoa City and Bloomfield offer most standard services, with Kenosha and Lake Michigan beaches only 30 miles to the east.

Powers Lake is only 15 minutes from the well-known resort community surrounding Lake Geneva. Something to please everyone is available on those days when the family wants to be out and about. Cruises are available on Lake Geneva, and a visit to Yerkes Observatory with the world’s largest refracting telescope is always an option. Much of the 21-mile Lake Geneva shoreline is encompassed by a walking path. Other activities around Lake Geneva include Victorian mansion tours, a water park, the Belfry Music Theater and the East Troy Electric Railroad. Golf lovers will be pleased to find a noted golf club and resort just south of Powers Lake bordering Lakes Benedict and Tombeau. The resort is popular for weddings and banquets.

Those with a yen to observe nature will find the wooded environs at nearby New Munster Wildlife Area a fine place to observe a variety of birds, small mammals and waterfowl. Big Foot Beach State Park at Lake Geneva also offers several relatively short self-guided nature paths along with camping, swimming and picnic areas. The fun doesn’t stop in winter as ice skating joins snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to occupy outdoor adventurers in the surrounding area. The City of Kenosha also has a full range of activities to pique nearly everyone’s interests, such as a Civil War Museum, live theater at historic Rhode Center for The Arts, and even lighthouses on Lake Michigan. Both Kenosha and Lake Geneva have a variety of restaurants, unusual shops and plenty of lodging choices. The entire southeastern Wisconsin area is filled with small hotels, guest cottages, inns and farm stays for your enjoyment.

Real estate is still available at Powers Lake, although there are few build-able lots directly on the lakefront still vacant. A couple of new housing developments in the area still have land available. No matter what your interests or family configuration, there is something at Powers Lake for you. Bring the fishing tackle and the water toys and come for a visit. You may find this is where you want to drop your anchor.

Things to do at Powers Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Ice Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Powers Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye

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Powers Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 451 acres

Shoreline Length: 5 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 870 feet

Average Depth: 16 feet

Maximum Depth: 33 feet

Water Volume: 7,453 acre-feet

Water Residence Time: 4.2 years

Drainage Area: 2 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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