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Elevation of Devils Lake

Period of Record Graph for Stump Lake, North Dakota

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Note 1: This water level was reported by Aronow (1957).  He indicated that the water level was determined by comparing the original township plats with the 7.5-minute quads that have a 5-foot contour interval.  Aronow (1957) also mentioned that the water level of Stump Lake was 1,401 feet above sea level when the old 15-minute quad was made in 1927.  He indicated that sometime after 1927 the east and west bays of Stump Lake were separated and a road was constructed across the former lake bed.

Note 2: Simpson (1912, p. 122-123) reported that the area of Stump Lake was about 16 square miles in 1883.  A surface area of 16 square miles occurs at an elevation of about 1,429 feet above sea level.  Simpson (1912) also indicated that the maximum depth was 39 feet in 1911.

Note 3: Swenson and Colby (1955) indicated that, on the basis of Simpson's reported depth in 1911, the lake level of Stump Lake was 1,418 feet above sea level.

Note 4: According to Young (1924), the dissolved-solids concentration in Stump Lake was 19,000 milligrams per liter in 1912 and 25,450 milligrams per liter in 1923.  The dissolved-solids concentration in East Stump Lake was 17,600 milligrams per liter on July 24, 1995.


Aronow, Saul, 1957, On the postglacial history of the Devils Lake region, North Dakota: Journal of Geology, v. 65, no. 4, p. 410-427.

Simpson, H.E., 1912, The physiography of Devils-Stump Lake region, North Dakota: North Dakota Geological Survey Sixth Biennial Report, p. 103-157.

Swenson, H.A., and Colby, B.R., 1955, Chemical quality of surface waters in Devils Lake Basin, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 1295, 82 p.

Young, R.T., 1924, The life of Devils Lake, North Dakota: Publication of the North Dakota Biological Station, 116 p.

Devils Lake Basin Data


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