Fish and Aquatic Life
Cincoe Lake, in the Lower Wolf River Watershed, is a 180.62 acre lake that falls in Waupaca County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Waupaca County
Cinco Lake, T22N, R14E, Section 33
Surface Acres = 169.2, S.D.F. = 1.07, Maximum Depth = 4 feet
This hard, clear water lake is actually a bayou off the Wolf
River. The entire lake is surrounded by a shrub-hardwood swamp.
Swamp drainage and seepage contribute to the volume of the lake
however water level are probably directly dependant on the level
of the Wolf River. Sand and detritus are the major littoral
bottom types. During summer months carp, bluegills, northern
pike, largemouth bass, and bullheads are present. Ice and a lack
of oxygen prevents winter fishery. A large number of puddle
ducks, especially bluewing teal nest on the lake. Duck blinds
around the shoreline attest to the lake's value as a waterfowl
area. Herons and terns also nest near the lake. Developments
consist of one cabin. The only public access is a navigable
water access via the outlet and the Wolf River. The entire
shoreline is posted against hunting. Very dense aquatic
vegetation and shallow water limit boating.
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|271100||Cincoe Lake||10007336||Cincoe Lake||7/27/1999||8/21/2011||Map||Data|
Cincoe Lake is located in the Lower Wolf River watershed which is 119.95 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (32.90%), agricultural (27.30%) and a mix of forest (18.10%) and other uses (21.70%). This watershed has 176.12 stream miles, 866.08 lake acres and 24,688.42 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.