The lake was stocked with about 500 rainbow trout today from the Nisqually Trout Farm in Lacey. The fish averaged 12" long and 1lb in weight, so the plant cost us about $2 per pound. We usually stock the lake three times per year, before Memorial Day, the fishing derby, and Labor Day. By the way, the trout like the south end of the lake near the water discharge which makes the water richer in oxygen and lowers the temperature. Trout do not like water temperatures above about 75°, so deeper, cooler water attracts them. Good fishing!
Results of the 8/20/14 swimming area water test for fecal coliform: 17 and 18 per 100 mLs
This is easily in the “extraordinary” quality range of below 50 counts per 100mLs (as listed by the WAC Surface Water Quality Standards 173-201; drinking water standard is of course 0).
Historic averages since 2001:
South End (swimming dock) 6.9
North End 16.9
The official report can be seen HERE.
Since Lake Minterwood was created the lake level has dropped about three feet. Estimates to repair the likely leaks were in six figures, and the Board of Trustees installed a weather station to monitor all the factors, in addition to leaks, affecting the lake level. You can view the real time and historical results of this station HERE.