When the lake you live on is a seepage lake, one without an inlet or outlet, it loses water either by evaporation or through the ground, but every drop of rain makes it a little bit higher, like adding water from a faucet to a full bowl.

The situation is playing out in real time now on Pigeon Lake, a seepage lake just west of Drummond in Bayfield County. After years of drought, the lake level had dropped so much that by 2007 bare ground appeared on the west end, dividing the lake into two bodies of water.

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