Cold water is denser than warm water so any particulates in it, organic or inorganic, will suspend longer.
It is just one of many factors and not the largest contributor to water clarity.
The material forming the bottom of the lake, say limestone versus a clay bottom, makes a huge difference. And, the size of a lake's watershed makes a huge difference.
Compare a lake like Possum Kingdom or Wheeler Branch, both hot spots for divers, to the muddier lakes here near Fort Worth for other clues.
This year, by the way, had record rainfall and that equals record run-off so lakes, all lakes, should be murkier than usual.
Edited by Brad R (01/29/16 06:35 AM)