Fish and Aquatic Life
Source: 1983, Surface Water Resources of Price County Bass Lake, T34N, R2E, Section 11
Bass Lake is a soft water, seepage lake with an intermittent flow to Alcohol Creek. A small tamarack-spruce bog is located on the east side of the lake with the remaining shoreline upland hardwood. Aquatic plants are common throughout the littoral zone of the lake. The lake was chemically treated in 1955 and rainbow trout planted. Today the lake contains rainbow trout, largemouth bass, northern pike, panfish and minnows. A few ducks use the lake during spring and fall migrations. Private development consists of one tavern and boat rental near the lake. Public access is available with roadside parking.
Surface Area = 20.4 acres, Maximum Depth = 33 ft, MPA = 18 ppm, Secchi disk = 10 ft
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available.
Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation and implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load Analysis, habitat restoration work, partnership education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2202600||Bass Lake||10005166||Bass Lake||8/29/2000||6/12/2015||Map||Data|
|2202600||Bass Lake||10014696||Bass Lake - Timm's Hill County Park Beach||5/24/2005||8/31/2010||Map||Data|
|2202600||Bass Lake||10012502||Bass Lake - Deepest Spot||8/6/2006||8/6/2006||Map||Data|
Bass Lake is located in the Upper South Fork Jump River watershed which is 322.41 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (60%), wetland (24%) and a mix of agricultural (7%) and other uses (8%). This watershed has 396.77 stream miles, 1,735.99 lake acres and 55,733.47 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Low for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.