Types of Lakes
Here is a list of the most common types of lakes found around the United States.
Drainage Lake - These lakes have both an inlet and outlet where the main water source is stream drainage. Most major rivers in the United States have drainage lakes along their course.
Seepage Lake - These lakes do not have an inlet or an outlet. The source of water is precipitation or runoff, supplemented by groundwater from the immediate drainage area. Since seepage lakes commonly reflect groundwater levels and rainfall patterns, water levels may fluctuate seasonally.
Spring-fed Lake - These lakes have no inlet, but do have an outlet. The source of water for spring lakes is groundwater flowing into the bottom of the lake from inside and outside the surface area.
Drained Lake - These lakes have no inlet, but like spring lakes, have a continuously flowing outlet. Drained lakes are not fed by groundwater. Their primary source of water is from precipitation and direct drainage from the surrounding land. The water levels in drained lakes will fluctuate depending on the supply of water.
March 12, 2008 6:34 AM | Category: Watershed