Boelter Lake/wetland is a small, moderately hard water groundwater drainage lake located eight miles south of Amherst in the Town of Lanark. The lake is very shallow and choked by aquatic vegetation. In the spring of the first year of this study (2002), Boelter Lake had a maximum depth of 4 feet and roughly 14 surface acres. The estimated retention time was 0.3 year. By the end of the summer in 2003 the lake had become a puddle. Low groundwater levels combined with lack of snow and dry summers and the results of urban-like residential development land use practices have hastened the process of Boelter Lake becoming a wetland. The lake bed is comprised of muck. There is an intermittent inlet through wetlands to the west and no outlets. An attempt was made at one point to dig an inlet and drain water from nearby Peters (Lutz) Lake, but the project failed. Much of the shoreline was subdivided before 1968 in a fashion that has resulted in overcrowded conditions for such a small lake. Public access is limited to a narrow strip of land on the east end at the east end of the lake. Boelter Lake is used by migrating ducks.
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