Phosphorus in Kent Park Lake
Phosphorus in sediments of Kent Park Lake, sedimentation ponds, and upland soils in Johnson County Kent Park, Iowa
Kent Park Lake, a popular recreation lake located in Johnson County east central Iowa near Iowa City
and Cedar Rapids, IA. The 27 acre lake is used for fishing and swimming and is the centerpiece
of the 1,000 plus acre county park, but is listed on the Iowa’s 303d
list as impaired for chlorophyll, turbidity, and bacteria. Kent Park Lake was
formed by damming a small intermittent tributary to Clear Creek in 1968.
The Kent Park Lake watershed was formerly farmed and was mainly used for
pasture because of the relatively steep slope. Much of the park
area was reforested after acquisition by the Johnson County Conservation Board.