Bathymetric Surveys of Lake Arthur and Raccoon Lake, Pennsylvania, June 2007

Data Series 357
Prepared in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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In spring of 2007, bathymetric surveys of two Pennsylvania State Park lakes were performed to collect accurate data sets of lake-bed elevations and to develop methods and techniques to conduct similar surveys across the state. The lake-bed elevations and associated geographical position data can be merged with land-surface elevations acquired through Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) techniques. Lake Arthur in Butler County and Raccoon Lake in Beaver County were selected for this initial data-collection activity. In order to establish accurate water-surface elevations during the surveys, benchmarks referenced to NAVD 88 were established on land at each lake by use of differential global positioning system (DGPS) surveys. Bathymetric data were collected using a single beam, 210 kilohertz (kHz) echo sounder and were coupled with the DGPS position data utilizing a computer software package. Transects of depth data were acquired at predetermined intervals on each lake, and the shoreline was delineated using a laser range finder and compass module. Final X, Y, Z coordinates of the geographic positions and lake-bed elevations were referenced to NAD 83 and NAVD 88 and are available to create bathymetric maps of the lakes.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Bathymetric Surveys of Lake Arthur and Raccoon Lake, Pennsylvania, June 2007
Series title Data Series
Series number 357
DOI 10.3133/ds357
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Pennsylvania Water Science Center
Description Report: iv, 10 p.; Appendix (ZIP File)
Time Range Start 2007-06-01
Time Range End 2007-06-30
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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