Fish and Aquatic Life
Budesberg Lake, in the South Branch Little Wolf River Watershed, is a 19.72 acre lake that falls in Portage County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1972, Surface Water Resources of Portage County Budesburg (Severson) Lake, T24N, R10E, Sections 13, 14, 23, 24,
Budesburg is a very scenic, hard water seepage lake situated in a kettle seven miles southeast of Rosholt. The littoral bottom. Materials consist primarily of marl with limited areas of sand and gravel also present. The bottom drops off rapidly a short distance from shore. The lake is surrounded by a mixed pine and hardwood forest. Deer and grouse habitat is plentiful. One mallard brood was observed. Largemouth bass, bluegills, perch and pumpkinseed are the most common fish present. Black crappie, warmouth, green sunfish, yellow bullhead, and white suckers are also Present. Slow growing panfish are a potential management problem. Most of the shoreline is privately owned by a group who are trying to maintain the lake in its natural state. Two dwellings are present, but built back from the water and are not visible from the lake. A small, private beach is the only part of the shoreline that has been altered. Use pressure is light and mostly local. If the present attitude of the landowners remains unchanged this should be a fine lake for many years. Wisconsin State University, Stevens Point, also owns part of the lake and is using the land as a conservation study area. The lake develops a sharp thermocline at twelve feet.
Surface Acres-25.2, S.D.F.-2.20, Maximum Depth-58 feet
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 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
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 or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
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|
|183200||Budsberg Lake||10005086||Budesberg Lake||7/27/1999||9/11/2016||Map||Data|
|183200||Budsberg Lake||503087||Budesberg Lake - Deep Hole||7/3/1995||6/24/2013||Map||Data|
|183200||Budsberg Lake||504002||Budesburg Lake - Budesburg Lake||8/7/1979||8/7/1979||Map||Data|
Budsberg Lake is located in the South Branch Little Wolf River watershed which is 160.29 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (42.40%), agricultural (23%) and a mix of wetland (18.40%) and other uses (16.10%). This watershed has 166.00 stream miles, 2,070.64 lake acres and 19,091.22 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, High for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.