Lake Alvin

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Lake Alvin
Lake Alvin South Dakota 5.jpg
Eastern portion of Lake Alvin
LocationLincoln County, South Dakota
Coordinates43°26′27″N 096°36′40″W / 43.44083°N 96.61111°W / 43.44083; -96.61111Coordinates: 43°26′27″N 096°36′40″W / 43.44083°N 96.61111°W / 43.44083; -96.61111
Typeartificial lake
Primary inflowsNine Mile Creek
Primary outflowsNine Mile Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
 
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Lake Alvin
Lake Alvin South Dakota 5.jpg
Eastern portion of Lake Alvin
LocationLincoln County, South Dakota
Coordinates43°26′27″N 096°36′40″W / 43.44083°N 96.61111°W / 43.44083; -96.61111Coordinates: 43°26′27″N 096°36′40″W / 43.44083°N 96.61111°W / 43.44083; -96.61111
Typeartificial lake
Primary inflowsNine Mile Creek
Primary outflowsNine Mile Creek
Basin countriesUnited States

Lake Alvin is an artificial lake in Lincoln County, South Dakota between Harrisburg, South Dakota and Granite, Iowa. The lake is formed by a dam on Nine Mile Creek just before it enters the Big Sioux River, east of Harrisburg. It is part of a 59-acre (240,000 m2) recreational area.[1]

History[edit]

Lake Alvin has always been a popular swimming location for those looking for a mid-sized beach. However, in 2005, the South Dakota GFP closed the swimming beach to the public due to high levels of fecal matter in the lake. A shutdown was again issued in 2009 for the same reason. Due to an extra rainy spring in both years, cow feces had been washed off a nearby farm in into the lake's tributaries, causing water to become dangerously unhealthy.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lake Alvin Recreation Area". South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 

U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Alvin