» Living the Dream on Pine Lake. Great Information About Pine Lake, MI, below.

Living the Dream on Pine Lake. Great Information About Pine Lake, MI, below.

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The following facts about Pine Lake are taken from
“A Water Quality and Watershed Management Study of Pine Lake” as revised in March, 1991 by Wallace E. Fusilier, Ph.D.. For updated information go to Water Quality Reports Tab

Name: Pine Lake

Size: 400 Acres

Volume: 6,795 Acre-feet, 295,990,220 gallons

Maximum depth: 94 feet

Mean depth: 18.9 feet

Location: Section 11, 12, 13 & 14, West Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michgian

Drainage basin: Clinton River System

Lake drainage area: 1166 acres

Lake watershed: 806 acres

Elevation: 930 feet above sea level

Flushing rate: Once every 8.4 years

House on lake: 175

Bottom sediments (mean): 85% mineral (range 76-99%)

Spring 1989 LVVQI (mean): 90 (range 81-92)

Summer 1989 LVVQI (mean): 91 (range 90-91)

Local geological experts don’t know what Oakland County, and specifically the Pine Lake area, looked like before the lake appeared. But they do know that the last of four periods of glaciation that made up the Ice Age sent massive icy sheets advancing from the north and east to meet in this area. It was these colliding ice masses that scoured the Earth’s surface, leaving cleavages and kettles for lakes to form.

Experts do seem to agree that it was the last period of glaciation that shaped the landscape of Oakland County. This last period of glaciation is known as the Wisconsin Glacier which probably began its trek from the Hudson Bay area of Canada and from the area that is now Greenland. The glacier was divided into two lobes or sections; the Saginaw Lobe, which moved down from the north and the Erie Lobe which drove in from the east. The glaciers were very heavy and thick, sometimes as thick as four miles. It wasn’t just the bulldozing action of the ice that carved up the lakes, but also the tremendous weight of the ice actually depressing the Earth’s crust. Where those depressions didn’t rebound and rise, water filled in. These were the precursors to the lakes as we know them today. This glacial period ended about 5,000 years ago when warm periods melted the ice faster than the glacier could advance.

Pine Lake is an example of a kettle lake. As the glacier moved across land, it would pick up massive amounts of debris. Rocks, gravel, trees and other materials would be pushed along with the moving ice. The glacier would push or carry this material along until the advancement stopped for some reason. These debris deposits left by the glacier are called “moraines”. As the glacier melted, materials from the melting glacier surrounded and buried the blocks of ice. Later, the buried blocks of ice melted and the materials which had buried them fell into the hole forming the existing lake basin. That is how Pine Lake was born.

Pine Lake itself has the greatest altitude of all the lakes in the area, being some 400 feet above the Detroit River. It covers 370 acres and has a depth of approximately 94 feet as its deepest spot. The location of the deepest spot in the lake is unusual in that the deep hole in the middle of the lake is in the narrowest part of the lake (just “in front” of Pine Lake Country Club). Usually, the deepest hole in a lake is in the widest part of the lake.

Other facts about our lake can be found by visiting the West Bloomfield Historical Society at: http://www.gwbhs.com

Author Eleanor Pekkala, is a friend of many and was on the West Bloomfield library staff for years. Visit her article at http://www.gwbhs.org/documents/2012/11/early-development-of-west-bloomfield.pdf