Within the past fifteen years, eighteen artificial or man-made lakes have been constructed in Iowa to augment the fishing potentialities and general recreational facilities of the state. These little lakes range in size from twenty-five to some three-hundred surface acres. Most of them originally provided the citizenry with considerable fishing, but in recent years the anglers take in a few of them has fallen off sharply. Beeds Lake, a 130-acre impoundment in Franklin County, is a typical example. Constructed with federal assistance in the years 1934-1936, it was thought to be one of the outstanding lakes of its kind in the state. A limestone-masonry dam impounds a maximum of thirty feet of water, and nearly half of the area is shallow enough to support higher aquatic plants. Except for a limited number of limestone ridges, the bottom is covered with silt and sand loam. The source of water supply is surface drainage and a number of springs, and all of the immediate watershed is in pasture or park grounds. The entire land area is fenced to exclude livestock. A dyke, which previously formed the dam of an old mill pond, now divides the lake into two parts which will be referred to as the upper and lower sections.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1948 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Speaker, E. B.
"A Fish Population Study of an Artificial Lake,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 55(1), 437-444.
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