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Asked by: hulk48-ga
List Price: $10.00
02 Jun 2005 15:21 PDT
Expires: 02 Jul 2005 15:21 PDT
Question ID: 528686
I would like to know the size, in acres, of Bright Lake which is located in Leelanau County, Michigan. (Careful please, there are other Bright Lakes in Michigan.)
Answered By: redhoss-ga on 05 Jun 2005 06:39 PDT
Hello hulk48, since there have been no other attempts to answer your question, I will give you what I consider to be a good answer. I found a topo map of Bright Lake here: http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?T=2&S=11&Z=16&X=1479&Y=12407&W=3&qs=%7cnorthport%7cmichigan%7c Using the scale on the map and allowing for the irregular shape of the lake contour I came up with a size of 400 x 250 yards. This equates to approximately 20 acres (43,560 sq. ft. per acre). The only way I know to get a more accurate answer would be to print the map and use a planimeter to determine the area. Or, there are computer programs available to calculate areas. Either of these techniques would be outside the limitations of a $10 solution. Hopefully my estimate will satisfy your needs. Please ask for a clarification if I can help you further.
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This was a very timely and seemingly accurate response. Perhaps a call to the county would have been useful to avoid the calculation or confirm the response.
From: myoarin-ga on 05 Jun 2005 17:22 PDT
HI Hulk48, ONe other way you could get a rough estimate is to print the map and enlarge it by photocopying (or maybe you can download it and do that on your computer). Paste the map on cardboard and using the map scale at the bottom right cut out a measured square and weigh it with a letter scale, giving you a weight for a measured area. Then cut out the lake and weigh it and calculate its area by a comparison with the weight of the measured piece. Of course, an electronic scale in grams would probably be necessary. Another possibility, of course, is to call the county or state and ask someone. Myoarin
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