Watershed - Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River (SC21)
Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River Watershed

Details

The Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River Watershed includes the Namekagon River drainage from above the Trego Lake dam up to the Hayward Lake dam. The area encompasses a large portion of east central Washburn County and includes a small part of west central Sawyer County. The watershed is 172,087 acres in size and includes 217 miles of streams and rivers, 4463 acres of lakes and 28,205 acres of wetlands. The watershed is dominated by forest (63%), wetlands (16%) and grassland (12%), and is ranked low for nonpoint source issues affecting groundwater.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River Watershed is located in two ecological landscapes: the Northwest Sands and the North Central Forest. The Northwest Sands Ecological Landscape is a large glacial outwash system consisting of two major landforms: flat plains or terraces along glacial meltwater channels, and pitted or "collapsed" outwash plains containing kettle lakes. Soils are deep sands, low in organic material and nutrients. Historic vegetation at the time of the General Land Office survey was dominantly jack pine and scrub oak forest and barrens. White and red pine forests were also a sizable component of the Ecological Landscape. Numerous barrens occurred in the southwest half of the Ecological Landscape, and a few large barrens within the northeast half. Most of the trees in the barrens were jack pine, but oak savannas also occurred in the south central part of the Ecological Landscape. Current vegetation is a mix of forest, agriculture, and grassland with some wetlands in the river valleys. Pine, aspen-birch and oak equally (27% each) dominate the forested area of the Ecological Landscape. The maple-basswood, spruce-fir, and lowland hardwood forest type groups occupy small percentages of the Ecological Landscape. Within the open lands, there is a relatively large proportion of grassland and shrub land, a small but locally significant amount of emergent/wet meadow and open water, and very little row-crop agriculture. The North Central Forest Ecological Landscape occupies much of the northern third of Wisconsin. Its landforms are characterized by end and ground moraines with some pitted outwash and bedrock controlled areas. Kettle depressions and steep ridges are found in the northern portion. Two prominent areas in this Ecological Landscape are the Penokee-Gogebic Iron Range in the north extending into Michigan, and Timm's Hill, the highest point in Wisconsin (1,951 feet) in the south. Soils consist of sandy loam, sand, and silts. The vegetation is mainly forest, with many wetlands and some agriculture, though the growing season is not as favorable as it is in southern Wisconsin. Lake Superior greatly influences the northern portion of the Ecological Landscape especially during the winter season, producing greater snowfall than in most areas in Wisconsin. The historic vegetation was primarily hemlock-hardwood forest dominated by hemlock, sugar maple, and yellow birch. There were some smaller areas of white and red pine forest scattered throughout the Ecological Landscape, and individual white pines trees were a component of the hemlock-hardwood forest. Harvesting hemlock to support the tanneries was common at the turn of the century, and the species soon became a minor component of forests due to over-harvesting and lack of regeneration. Currently, forests cover approximately 80% of this Ecological Landscape. The northern hardwood forest is dominant, made up of sugar maple, basswood, and red maple, and also including some scattered hemlock and white pine pockets within stands. The aspen-birch forest type group is also relatively abundant, followed by spruce-fir. A variety of wetland community types also are present, both forested and non-forested.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
5/1/2013
Waters Involved
Hayward Lake
Status
Complete

Sawyer County: Lake Hayward Hybrid Milfoil Control Project: Sawyer County is sponsoring a two-year Response project to Hybrid Eurasian water milfoil on Hayward Lake to conduct the following activities: herbicide treatment, herbicide residual monitoring, aquatic plant surveys, AIS monitoring, and aquatic plant management plan development.

Project deliverables include project data, a project report summarizing information/education, monitoring, & management activities, and a comprehensive aquatic plant management plan.

Specific project activities include: 1) Pre-post treatment aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Herbicide residual monitoring; 3) Herbicide treatment; 4) Volunteer AIS monitoring; 5) Aquatic plant management plan development.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance shall be followed for aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 3) Grant monies may not be used for control of established curly-leaf pondweed; 4) AIS monitoring volunteers shall be trained and follow Citizen Lake Monitoring Network 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 Lakes Biologist.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
5/1/2013
Waters Involved
Namekagon River
Status
Complete

Sawyer County: Lake Hayward Hybrid Milfoil Control Project: Sawyer County is sponsoring a two-year Response project to Hybrid Eurasian water milfoil on Hayward Lake to conduct the following activities: herbicide treatment, herbicide residual monitoring, aquatic plant surveys, AIS monitoring, and aquatic plant management plan development.

Project deliverables include project data, a project report summarizing information/education, monitoring, & management activities, and a comprehensive aquatic plant management plan.

Specific project activities include: 1) Pre-post treatment aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Herbicide residual monitoring; 3) Herbicide treatment; 4) Volunteer AIS monitoring; 5) Aquatic plant management plan development.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance shall be followed for aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 3) Grant monies may not be used for control of established curly-leaf pondweed; 4) AIS monitoring volunteers shall be trained and follow Citizen Lake Monitoring Network 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 Lakes Biologist.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2015
Waters Involved
Hayward Lake
Status
Complete

Lake Hayward Property Owners Association: Lake Hayward 2015 Clean Boats Clean Waters Project: The Lake Hayward Property Owners Association is sponsoring a 2015 Clean Boats Clean Waters project at one public landing on Hayward Lake.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2015
Waters Involved
Namekagon River
Status
Complete

Lake Hayward Property Owners Association: Lake Hayward 2015 Clean Boats Clean Waters Project: The Lake Hayward Property Owners Association is sponsoring a 2015 Clean Boats Clean Waters project at one public landing on Hayward Lake.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Potato Lake
Status
Complete

Washburn County Lakes And Rivers Association: Baseline Analysis For Potato Lake, Washburn County: The Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association is sponsoring a project in cooperation with the Potato Lake Association, to conduct a comprehensive lake management planning project involving a study and evaluation of Potato Lake in Washburn County. Project activities include; a review of current lake data, conducting a lake use survey, conducting a watershed land use data review and analysis, conducting a shoreline vegetation survey, conducting a multi-parameter "self-help" lake water quality monitoring survey, conducting an aquatic vegetation identification and density survey, conducting an algae bloom analysis, evaluation of all past and current lake management information and developing a final report listing all grant project activities and results.

Specific deliverables for this grant project include: A comprehensive final project report, including a listing of all grant project activities, results, evaluations, and recommendations for future lake management activities.

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2009
Waters Involved
Potato Lake
Status
Complete

Potato Lake Association Inc.: Potato Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan, Phase 1: Potato Lake Association is sponsoring a two-phase project to complete an aquatic plant management plan with expanded water quality monitoring and modeling. The final deliverable will be a single lake management plan that includes methodologies, results, and management alternatives discussion.

The specific Phase 1 (LPL-1334-10) project tasks include: 1) Expanded Potato Lake water quality and lake level monitoring and purchase of a dissolved oxygen meter; 2) Tributary and outlet monitoring, including flow calculations; 3) Top/bottom paleoecological core collection, analyses, and report; 4) Planning meetings related to above tasks.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance should be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring and aquatic plant management plan development; 2) Draft public surveys and shoreline inventory methods must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

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
10/1/2009
Waters Involved
Potato Lake
Status
Complete

Potato Lake Association Inc.: Potato Lake Aquatic Plant Survey & Water Quality, Phase 2: Potato Lake Association is sponsoring a two-phase project to complete an aquatic plant management plan with expanded water quality monitoring and modeling. The final deliverable will be a single lake management plan that includes methodologies, results, and management alternatives discussion.

The specific Phase 2 (LPL-1335-10) project tasks include: 1) Crystal Lake and Price Pond water quality monitoring; 2) (Sub)Watershed delineations and runoff/nutrient modeling; 3) Early season Curlyleaf pondweed survey and summer point-intercept survey of all plants; 4) Sociological survey of riparians and local community; 5) Education plan outreach and implementation, including watercraft inspection, AIS monitoring, and lake fair; 6) Completion of an aquatic plant management plan that integrates all other monitoring, modeling, and management information; 7) Planning meetings related to above tasks.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance should be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring and aquatic plant management plan development; 2) Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

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
10/1/2011
Waters Involved
Potato Lake
Status
Complete

Potato Lake Association Inc.: Phase 3, Potato Lake Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: Potato Lake Association is sponsoring a project that expands their Aquatic Plant Management planning efforts to create a comprehensive lake management and implementation plan. The final deliverable will be a lake management plan that includes specific implementation strategies/practices.

Project tasks include: 1) Shoreline assessment; 2) Expanded groundwater, tributary, and in-lake, including internal loading, monitoring and modeling to develop nutrient budget; 3) Septic system survey; 4) Agricultural and residential BMP planning; 5) Education plan outreach and implementation, including watercraft inspection, AIS monitoring, and lake fair; 6) Lake management planning and final presentation and report.

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
2/4/1992
Waters Involved
Trego Lake
Status
Complete

Trego Lake District: Trego Lake Sedimentation Study: 1) Conduct water level monotoring in the flowage. 2) Determine present flowage volumes using depth transects. 3) Compare current flowage volume volume to that in 1989 DNR study. 4) Determine sources of sediment loading in the Namekagon River abovethe flowage. 5) Determine best locations for placement of sediment traps. 6) Make erosion control recommendations. 7) Prepare a final report that inclides 1 - 6 listed above. 8) Monthly publication of the 'Trego Lake District Newsletter'.9) Information will be disseminated to the public by newsletter, fact sheet, local newspaper articles, public meetings, TV and/or radio spots, and a final report. Project resluts will be reposited at the Office of the Trego Lake District Secretary,Trego Town Hall, National Park Service Visitors' Center, Spooner Public Library, Bank of Spooner, Washburn County Extension Offices, Land Conservation and Soils Conservation Offices, DNR District Headquarters, and the Washburn County Clerks Office.


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
Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
11/4/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Level
Potatoe Lake Water Levels
Date
Status
Citizen volunteers will record lake levels once a week on the same day (e.g. every Monday) at approximately the same time of day under calm conditions. For each monitoring event, a visual reading of the lake level should be recorded on the datasheet and a photograph of the water level on the staff gage should be taken and submitted to the statewide coordinator or uploaded to SWIMS as part of the quality assurance process.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River WatershedWatershed History Note

Settlement in the Hayward area within the Trego Lake and Middle Namekagon River watershed began in the 1870's, when the City of Hayward's founder, Anthony Judson Hayward, visited the present site of the city and saw that it would be a prime location for a lumber mill due to the very large and seemingly inexhaustible supply of pine lumber. The railroad was constructed during the summer of 1881 and by the summer of 1882, power dams were constructed on the Namekagon River and on several nearby streams. The dams powered a small lumber mill, which provided lumber to build a larger mill, stores, boarding houses and several private residences. With about two hundred men employed in all new construction, it only took one year to construct the large mill. By June of 1883, the mill at the new village of Hayward was ready to go. Several other important developments occurred in 1883, including the formation of Sawyer County, of which Hayward eventually became the county seat. The second was the construction of roads to other cities in order to obtain the trade of loggers who were cutting in other areas, thus creating other jobs in addition to logging. On May 11, 1922, the old mill burned down. By that time, most of the pine lumber had been cut down and shipped away; only remnant pine was left. Large logging camps were all but gone. Northern Wisconsin was being advertised in the larger cities in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois as a vacation area. Resorts were either already established or being built. Shops were catering to the visiting public. By 1922, Hayward was ready for a change from an economy based on logging, to an economy based on tourism.

Date  2011