Watershed - Lake Chetek (LC08)
Lake Chetek Watershed

Details

The Lake Chetek watershed, located in Barron, Rusk, and Chippewa Counties, is approximately 135,683 acres is size and consists of 270 miles of streams and rivers, 2,009 acres of lakes and 10,678 acres of wetlands. The watershed is dominated by forests (46%) and agriculture (26%), and is ranked high for nonpoint source issues affecting lakes and groundwater and is ranked medium for nonpoint source issues affecting streams.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for Lake Chetek Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Lake Chetek Watershed is located primarily in the Forest Transition Ecological Landscape which lies along the northern border of Wisconsin's Tension Zone, through the central and western part of the state, and supports both northern forests and agricultural areas. The central portion of the Forest Transition lies primarily on a glacial till plain deposited by glaciation between 25,000 and 790,000 years ago. The eastern and western portions are on moraines of the Wisconsin glaciation. The growing season in this part of the state is long enough that agriculture is viable, although climatic conditions are not as favorable as in southern Wisconsin. Soils are diverse, ranging from sandy loam to loam or shallow silt loam, and from poorly drained to well drained. The historic vegetation of the Forest Transition was primarily northern hardwood forest. These northern hardwoods were dominated by sugar maple and hemlock, and contained some yellow birch, red pine and white pine. Currently, over 60% of this Ecological Landscape is non-forested. Forested areas consist primarily of northern hardwoods and aspen, with smaller amounts of oak and lowland hardwoods. The eastern portion of the Ecological Landscape differs from the rest of the area in that it remains primarily forested, and includes some ecologically significant areas. Throughout the Ecological Landscape, small areas of conifer swamp are found near the headwaters of streams, and associated with lakes in kettle depressions on moraines. Ground flora show characteristics of both northern and southern Wisconsin, as this Ecological Landscape lies along the Tension Zone.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2007
Waters Involved
Lake Chetek
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Ais Prevention - Chetek Lakes Chain: The Chetek Lake Protection Assoc. is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project which will focus on AIS education, prevention, and monitoring.

Project activities include:
1) Recruit volunteers and implement a CB/CW program.
Inspect boats and educate public at Northwoods Landing, Brown's Landing,
Airport Landing, Veterans Park, and Ojaski landings.
2) Monitor lake for Eurasian Water Milfoil.
3) Enhance Kiosks at landings, post signs and provide containers for weeds/bait
at all landings.

Project deliverables include:
1) Documentation of donated time and services related to grant administration.
2) Entry of watercraft inspection report with time & number of people reached
3200-120 and monitoring forms onto Dept website
3) Copies of brochures, newsletters, and educational materials used.
4) Report on construction/upgrade of educational kiosks and signage.
5) Report on aquatic plant surveillance results including monitoring observations
with supporting graphs and maps.
6) Final report summarizing CB/CW activities, AIS monitoring, and AIS
management.
7) Any AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project:
- Sponsor shall immediately contact WDNR in the event of new AIS infestation.
- Final report needs Dept review and approval

This scope summarizes the project in the grant application and does not supersede application specifics. If a consultant provides the final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide the DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft for review prior to making final payment to the consultant. WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of final report including all deliverables.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Lake Chetek
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Chain Of Lakes Apm Planning & Water Quality Improvement Program: Chetek Lks Protection Assoc. is sponsoring a project to complete aquatic plant surveys on 5 lakes; initiate watercraft inspection & AIS monitoring on 4 lakes; coordinate AIS I&E activities; monitor in-lake & tributary water quality; include stakeholder participation & planning, resulting in lake management implementation plans.

Project tasks/deliverables: 1) Early season Curlyleaf pondweed survey & summer point-intercept (PI) surveys of all plants with two sets of vouchers; 2) Review & inclusion of previous water quality & watershed studies; updated lake response monitoring; 3) Water quality goal development; 4) DO meter purchase; 5) Lake user/sociological survey; 6) Watershed Clean Boats Clean Waters program & data entry; 7) I&E program, including shoreline demonstration project with examples of results.

Special Conditions: 1) Sponsor & consultant must communicate with region/bureau TMDL, WAV & CLMN staff to advise, review, & coordinate proposed water quality monitoring & watershed assessment work before it starts; 2) A technical advisory committee including DNR & county partners should be engaged throughout the project's duration; 3) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisc. guidance should be followed for PI survey monitoring & APM plan development; 4) The WDNR APM Strategy (2007) will be utilized in Plan development; 5) Draft public surveys must be reviewed/approved by DNR; 6) Properties using grant funds for shoreline restoration implementation require DNR approved restrictive covenants permanently establishing a parcel vegetative buffer. Restorations will follow standards in NR 191.24(3) unless mutually agreed to in writing with lake coordinator before implementation.

This scope summarizes details provided in the application & does not negate anything described therein. Data, records, reports, & education materials, including GIS-based maps & digital images, must be submitted to DNR in a format specified by the lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Chain Of Lakes Apm Planning & Water Quality Improvement Program: Chetek Lks Protection Assoc. is sponsoring a project to complete aquatic plant surveys on 5 lakes; initiate watercraft inspection & AIS monitoring on 4 lakes; coordinate AIS I&E activities; monitor in-lake & tributary water quality; include stakeholder participation & planning, resulting in lake management implementation plans.

Project tasks/deliverables: 1) Early season Curlyleaf pondweed survey & summer point-intercept (PI) surveys of all plants with two sets of vouchers; 2) Review & inclusion of previous water quality & watershed studies; updated lake response monitoring; 3) Water quality goal development; 4) DO meter purchase; 5) Lake user/sociological survey; 6) Watershed Clean Boats Clean Waters program & data entry; 7) I&E program, including shoreline demonstration project with examples of results.

Special Conditions: 1) Sponsor & consultant must communicate with region/bureau TMDL, WAV & CLMN staff to advise, review, & coordinate proposed water quality monitoring & watershed assessment work before it starts; 2) A technical advisory committee including DNR & county partners should be engaged throughout the project's duration; 3) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisc. guidance should be followed for PI survey monitoring & APM plan development; 4) The WDNR APM Strategy (2007) will be utilized in Plan development; 5) Draft public surveys must be reviewed/approved by DNR; 6) Properties using grant funds for shoreline restoration implementation require DNR approved restrictive covenants permanently establishing a parcel vegetative buffer. Restorations will follow standards in NR 191.24(3) unless mutually agreed to in writing with lake coordinator before implementation.

This scope summarizes details provided in the application & does not negate anything described therein. Data, records, reports, & education materials, including GIS-based maps & digital images, must be submitted to DNR in a format specified by the lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Pokegama Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Chain Of Lakes Apm Planning & Water Quality Improvement Program: Chetek Lks Protection Assoc. is sponsoring a project to complete aquatic plant surveys on 5 lakes; initiate watercraft inspection & AIS monitoring on 4 lakes; coordinate AIS I&E activities; monitor in-lake & tributary water quality; include stakeholder participation & planning, resulting in lake management implementation plans.

Project tasks/deliverables: 1) Early season Curlyleaf pondweed survey & summer point-intercept (PI) surveys of all plants with two sets of vouchers; 2) Review & inclusion of previous water quality & watershed studies; updated lake response monitoring; 3) Water quality goal development; 4) DO meter purchase; 5) Lake user/sociological survey; 6) Watershed Clean Boats Clean Waters program & data entry; 7) I&E program, including shoreline demonstration project with examples of results.

Special Conditions: 1) Sponsor & consultant must communicate with region/bureau TMDL, WAV & CLMN staff to advise, review, & coordinate proposed water quality monitoring & watershed assessment work before it starts; 2) A technical advisory committee including DNR & county partners should be engaged throughout the project's duration; 3) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisc. guidance should be followed for PI survey monitoring & APM plan development; 4) The WDNR APM Strategy (2007) will be utilized in Plan development; 5) Draft public surveys must be reviewed/approved by DNR; 6) Properties using grant funds for shoreline restoration implementation require DNR approved restrictive covenants permanently establishing a parcel vegetative buffer. Restorations will follow standards in NR 191.24(3) unless mutually agreed to in writing with lake coordinator before implementation.

This scope summarizes details provided in the application & does not negate anything described therein. Data, records, reports, & education materials, including GIS-based maps & digital images, must be submitted to DNR in a format specified by the lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Prairie Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Chain Of Lakes Apm Planning & Water Quality Improvement Program: Chetek Lks Protection Assoc. is sponsoring a project to complete aquatic plant surveys on 5 lakes; initiate watercraft inspection & AIS monitoring on 4 lakes; coordinate AIS I&E activities; monitor in-lake & tributary water quality; include stakeholder participation & planning, resulting in lake management implementation plans.

Project tasks/deliverables: 1) Early season Curlyleaf pondweed survey & summer point-intercept (PI) surveys of all plants with two sets of vouchers; 2) Review & inclusion of previous water quality & watershed studies; updated lake response monitoring; 3) Water quality goal development; 4) DO meter purchase; 5) Lake user/sociological survey; 6) Watershed Clean Boats Clean Waters program & data entry; 7) I&E program, including shoreline demonstration project with examples of results.

Special Conditions: 1) Sponsor & consultant must communicate with region/bureau TMDL, WAV & CLMN staff to advise, review, & coordinate proposed water quality monitoring & watershed assessment work before it starts; 2) A technical advisory committee including DNR & county partners should be engaged throughout the project's duration; 3) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisc. guidance should be followed for PI survey monitoring & APM plan development; 4) The WDNR APM Strategy (2007) will be utilized in Plan development; 5) Draft public surveys must be reviewed/approved by DNR; 6) Properties using grant funds for shoreline restoration implementation require DNR approved restrictive covenants permanently establishing a parcel vegetative buffer. Restorations will follow standards in NR 191.24(3) unless mutually agreed to in writing with lake coordinator before implementation.

This scope summarizes details provided in the application & does not negate anything described therein. Data, records, reports, & education materials, including GIS-based maps & digital images, must be submitted to DNR in a format specified by the lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Tenmile Creek
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Chain Of Lakes Apm Planning & Water Quality Improvement Program: Chetek Lks Protection Assoc. is sponsoring a project to complete aquatic plant surveys on 5 lakes; initiate watercraft inspection & AIS monitoring on 4 lakes; coordinate AIS I&E activities; monitor in-lake & tributary water quality; include stakeholder participation & planning, resulting in lake management implementation plans.

Project tasks/deliverables: 1) Early season Curlyleaf pondweed survey & summer point-intercept (PI) surveys of all plants with two sets of vouchers; 2) Review & inclusion of previous water quality & watershed studies; updated lake response monitoring; 3) Water quality goal development; 4) DO meter purchase; 5) Lake user/sociological survey; 6) Watershed Clean Boats Clean Waters program & data entry; 7) I&E program, including shoreline demonstration project with examples of results.

Special Conditions: 1) Sponsor & consultant must communicate with region/bureau TMDL, WAV & CLMN staff to advise, review, & coordinate proposed water quality monitoring & watershed assessment work before it starts; 2) A technical advisory committee including DNR & county partners should be engaged throughout the project's duration; 3) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisc. guidance should be followed for PI survey monitoring & APM plan development; 4) The WDNR APM Strategy (2007) will be utilized in Plan development; 5) Draft public surveys must be reviewed/approved by DNR; 6) Properties using grant funds for shoreline restoration implementation require DNR approved restrictive covenants permanently establishing a parcel vegetative buffer. Restorations will follow standards in NR 191.24(3) unless mutually agreed to in writing with lake coordinator before implementation.

This scope summarizes details provided in the application & does not negate anything described therein. Data, records, reports, & education materials, including GIS-based maps & digital images, must be submitted to DNR in a format specified by the lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Tenmile Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Chain Of Lakes Apm Planning & Water Quality Improvement Program: Chetek Lks Protection Assoc. is sponsoring a project to complete aquatic plant surveys on 5 lakes; initiate watercraft inspection & AIS monitoring on 4 lakes; coordinate AIS I&E activities; monitor in-lake & tributary water quality; include stakeholder participation & planning, resulting in lake management implementation plans.

Project tasks/deliverables: 1) Early season Curlyleaf pondweed survey & summer point-intercept (PI) surveys of all plants with two sets of vouchers; 2) Review & inclusion of previous water quality & watershed studies; updated lake response monitoring; 3) Water quality goal development; 4) DO meter purchase; 5) Lake user/sociological survey; 6) Watershed Clean Boats Clean Waters program & data entry; 7) I&E program, including shoreline demonstration project with examples of results.

Special Conditions: 1) Sponsor & consultant must communicate with region/bureau TMDL, WAV & CLMN staff to advise, review, & coordinate proposed water quality monitoring & watershed assessment work before it starts; 2) A technical advisory committee including DNR & county partners should be engaged throughout the project's duration; 3) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisc. guidance should be followed for PI survey monitoring & APM plan development; 4) The WDNR APM Strategy (2007) will be utilized in Plan development; 5) Draft public surveys must be reviewed/approved by DNR; 6) Properties using grant funds for shoreline restoration implementation require DNR approved restrictive covenants permanently establishing a parcel vegetative buffer. Restorations will follow standards in NR 191.24(3) unless mutually agreed to in writing with lake coordinator before implementation.

This scope summarizes details provided in the application & does not negate anything described therein. Data, records, reports, & education materials, including GIS-based maps & digital images, must be submitted to DNR in a format specified by the lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2008
Waters Involved
Axhandle Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Axe Handle Easement: WWLT is seeking $200,000 in Lake Protection Grant funding to contribute to the cost of a conservation easement designed to protect a 48.55-acre parcel on Axe Handle Lake from development into rural residential housing (up to 31 lots possible under current Chippewa Co. shoreland zoning). The easement would permanently restrict future development to no more than two residential lots, require that all stormwater from development be infiltrated prior to reaching the lake, and require maintenance of a 100-foot forested vegetative buffer to protect the lake's water quality and natural scenic beauty. The owners of the property have offered to donate the remaining value of the easement (est. $575,000). No public access is provided via the easement other than one educational tour per year. Hunting allowed by owners permission.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
Lake Chetek
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Comprehensive Management Plan Development: Chetek Lakes Protection Association is sponsoring a project to develop a comprehensive lake management plan including public participation / meetings.

The final deliverables include agendas and minutes for planning meetings, and a lake management plan that includes methodologies, results, and management alternatives discussion with an implementation plan.

Specific project tasks include: 1) Watershed land use assessment & loadings; 2) Identify runoff patterns & delineate environmentally sensitive areas in the watershed; 3) Updated nutrient budget partitioned by sub-watershed; 4) Agricultural BMP education & planning; 5) Stream crossing & culvert survey; 6) Temperature & dissolved oxygen monitoring; 7) Watercraft inspection; 8) CLP mapping; 9) Shoreline restoration & protection program; 10) Review of institutional programs & regulations.

Special Conditions: 1) CLMN efforts should not be duplicated, and these data shall be included in the trends analysis and final reporting; 2) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 3) AIS monitoring and watercraft inspection personnel shall be trained and follow DNR approved protocols.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps, and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1996
Waters Involved
Tenmile Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Flow And Phosphorus Data Study: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association proposes to collect flow and phosphorus data from major tributaries of the Chetek Lakes. Project activities include 1) installing flow logger/automatic sampling units in Pokegama Creek and Moose Ear Creek, 2) collecting runoff event samples during spring runoff and summer and fall rainstorms, and 3) preparing data summary report. A paper copy and an electronic copy of the summary report will be provided to the Department of Natural Resources. Project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter, entire report mailing, and public meeting. end.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1996
Waters Involved
Tenmile Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Water Quality Monitoring: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association proposes to investigate the current water quality of the Chetek Chain of Lakes (Chetek, Mud, Pokegama, Prairie, Ten Mile Lakes). Project activities include 1) collecting and analyzing lake water quality samples, tributary stream samples, outlet stream samples, 2) monitoring lake levels and precipitation, and 3) conducting an lake management opinion survey. A final report of the project's results will be prepared. A paper copy and an electronic copy of the report will be provided to the Department of Natural Resources. Information on the project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter, entire report mailing, and public meeting. end.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1996
Waters Involved
Tenmile Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lake Hydrologic Budget, Phosphorus Budget, And Report: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association proposes to determine the annualized hydrologic budget and the annualized phosphorus budget for the Chetek Chain of Lakes. Project activities also include summarizing the results of the phase 1, 2, and 3 studies. The sponsor will provide the Department of Natural Resources with a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. Information about the project will be disseminated to the public by public meeting, newsletter mailing, and entire report mailing. end.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Lake Chetek
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Tmdl Planning Project: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association will complete a planning project to for a water quality improvement strategy. The project includes three meetings with DNR, Barron County, the City of Chetek, and the association. The meetings will define water quality improvement projects and roles and responsibilities for implementation.

The primary deliverable is a report with a strategy, including tasks, roles/responsibilities, schedule, and costs, for completion of a water quality management and implementation plan for the lakes. Secondary deliverables include meeting attendance summary and notes.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Tmdl Planning Project: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association will complete a planning project to for a water quality improvement strategy. The project includes three meetings with DNR, Barron County, the City of Chetek, and the association. The meetings will define water quality improvement projects and roles and responsibilities for implementation.

The primary deliverable is a report with a strategy, including tasks, roles/responsibilities, schedule, and costs, for completion of a water quality management and implementation plan for the lakes. Secondary deliverables include meeting attendance summary and notes.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Pokegama Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Tmdl Planning Project: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association will complete a planning project to for a water quality improvement strategy. The project includes three meetings with DNR, Barron County, the City of Chetek, and the association. The meetings will define water quality improvement projects and roles and responsibilities for implementation.

The primary deliverable is a report with a strategy, including tasks, roles/responsibilities, schedule, and costs, for completion of a water quality management and implementation plan for the lakes. Secondary deliverables include meeting attendance summary and notes.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Prairie Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Tmdl Planning Project: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association will complete a planning project to for a water quality improvement strategy. The project includes three meetings with DNR, Barron County, the City of Chetek, and the association. The meetings will define water quality improvement projects and roles and responsibilities for implementation.

The primary deliverable is a report with a strategy, including tasks, roles/responsibilities, schedule, and costs, for completion of a water quality management and implementation plan for the lakes. Secondary deliverables include meeting attendance summary and notes.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Tenmile Creek
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Tmdl Planning Project: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association will complete a planning project to for a water quality improvement strategy. The project includes three meetings with DNR, Barron County, the City of Chetek, and the association. The meetings will define water quality improvement projects and roles and responsibilities for implementation.

The primary deliverable is a report with a strategy, including tasks, roles/responsibilities, schedule, and costs, for completion of a water quality management and implementation plan for the lakes. Secondary deliverables include meeting attendance summary and notes.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Tenmile Lake
Status
Complete

Chetek Lakes Protection Association: Chetek Lakes Tmdl Planning Project: The Chetek Lakes Protection Association will complete a planning project to for a water quality improvement strategy. The project includes three meetings with DNR, Barron County, the City of Chetek, and the association. The meetings will define water quality improvement projects and roles and responsibilities for implementation.

The primary deliverable is a report with a strategy, including tasks, roles/responsibilities, schedule, and costs, for completion of a water quality management and implementation plan for the lakes. Secondary deliverables include meeting attendance summary and notes.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
1/1/2004
Waters Involved
Prairie Lake
Status
Complete

Barron County: Chetek Chain Trm Project: to cost-share @70% landowner installation of BMPs


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
8/10/2005
Waters Involved
Lake Chetek
Status
Complete

City Of Chetek: Stormwater Plan: To develop municipal runoff ordinances in compliance with Chapter NR151, map the area's drainage systems, develop a stormwater management plan, provide for public involvement & education.


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
Lake Chetek Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Chippewa
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Barron
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Rusk
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/8/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/4/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Water Level
Axehandle Lake Level Monitoring
Date
Status
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Extension have developed a citizen-based, statewide lake-level monitoring effort.
1/1/2015
In Progress
Projects
 
Monitor Water Level
Axehandle Lake Level Monitoring
Date
Status
Axehandle Lake Water Level Monitoring (wbic: 2092500)
1/1/2015
In Progress
Projects
 
Lake Chetek WatershedWatershed History Note

In the Chetek area, what is now Prairie Lake was at one time called Prairie Rice Lake, due to the large amount of wild rice that made the lake look like a prairie. Large groups of Native Americans gathered in the Chetek area for the wild rice harvest and conducted ceremonies of thanksgiving. To the Anishinaabe people (Chippewa or Ojibwa), wild rice continues to be a staple in their diet. Known as manoomin (a term derived from "Manitou," meaning Great Spirit and "meenum," meaning delicacy), this "food that grows on water" is woven deeply into their cultural identity including their migration stories and oral history, dance, and ceremonies. The August, or Rice Making Moon, signals the harvest season, which is a time for celebrations of thanksgiving. Wild rice is a central component to other Native American cultures within the rice region, including the Dakota and Menominee (who took their name from this plant). Only Wisconsin residents may harvest rice in the state. Persons between the ages of 16 and 65 must purchase a wild rice harvesting license. The wild rice harvest is controlled cooperatively by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wild rice harvest coordinator along with rice chiefs from the respective Chippewa tribes. By treaty, the Chippewa tribes have a usury right to hunt, fish and gather within areas designated by treaties agreed to in the 19th century. To protect wild rice beds, no mechanical devices may be used to harvest or gather wild rice. Harvesters are limited to gathering wild rice in boats no longer than seventeen feet and no wider than 38 inches, that must be propelled by muscular power using paddles or push poles. Ricers must use smooth, rounded, wooden rods or sticks that are no longer than 38 inches and operated by hand. These sticks, called flails, are used to bend the tall stalks over the canoe. As the seed heads are tapped, some rice falls in the canoe and some in the water to seed the bed for future years. Today people from around Wisconsin come to partake in the deeply rewarding experience of gathering this wild food by using Ojibwa harvesting methods that are centuries old. In the end, rice gatherers commune with nature and friends, and if the harvest is good, they also gain a few pounds of wild rice to help them through another Wisconsin winter.

Date  2010