Fish and Aquatic Life
Wolf River Pond, in the Middle Wolf River and West Branch Wolf River Watersheds, is a 212.71 acre lake that falls in Shawano County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1968, Surface Water Resources of Shawano County Wolf River Pond, T27N, R15E, Section 25 Surface Acres = 222.7, S.D.F. = 2.01, Maximum Depth = 10 feet.
A hard water impoundment on the Wolf River having slightly alkaline, light brown water of moderate transparency. Sand is the predominant littoral material (55 percent) with muck (40 percent) and some gravel. The shoreline is predominantly upland (85 percent) with the balance being wetland. Northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, muskellunge, lake sturgeon, perch, bluegill, black crappie, rock bass, black bullhead, and various species of minnows inhabit this impoundment. Carp may also be present. Diving ducks and puddle ducks make limited use of this impoundment on their spring and fall migrations and nesting waterfowl make some use of this area. The City of Shawano maintains a public swimming beach on the east shore. Numerous city streets dead end on this lake; however, boat access is difficult due to the absence of landing ramps. Public access to this impoundment is best gained by navigating the Shawano Lake Outlet from the public boat landing located several hundred feet upstream from the first bridge across this stream. Developments on the shoreline consist of a paper mill, a planning mill, hospital, medical clinic, and 33 dwellings. The east shoreline is within the limits of the City of Shawano and River Heights with a substantial amount of off-lake developments. Water levels are maintained by a water control structure having a head of ten feet and owned by the Shawano Paper Mills.
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|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||593122||Wolf River Pond - In Shawano At Impoundment Above Dam||10/25/1995||10/25/1995||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||593141||Wolf River Pond - Below Old Sth 29 300' Downstream Of Bridge Off E Shore In City||8/11/1998||8/11/1998||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||10053257||Source Stump fields||12/30/2019||12/30/2019||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||593140||Wolf River Pond - 400' Above Shawano Lake Dam East Shore||8/11/1998||8/31/1999||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||10019390||Wolf River -- Access at Oak Ave And Wolf River Road||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||10005728||Wolf River Pond||6/1/1994||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|241300||Wolf River||10047129||Wolf River 130 Meters US HWY MMM Bridge||9/26/2016||9/26/2016||Map||Data|
|241300||Wolf River||10052636||Wolf River 0.3 miles south of Hwy MMM river crossing, at end of West Pine St. in Shawano||6/19/2020||9/27/2020||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||10052636||Wolf River 0.3 miles south of Hwy MMM river crossing, at end of West Pine St. in Shawano||6/19/2020||9/27/2020||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||593142||Wolf River Pond - 1000' Above Rr Bridge Off West Shore||8/11/1998||8/11/1998||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||10047129||Wolf River 130 Meters US HWY MMM Bridge||9/26/2016||9/26/2016||Map||Data|
|322500||Wolf River Pond 1139||10050754||North of Papermill Dam, Wolf River||7/21/2014||7/21/2014||Map||Data|
Wolf River Pond 1139 is located in the Middle Wolf River watershed which is 133.78 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (36.10%), agricultural (30.80%) and a mix of forest (18.90%) and other uses (14.40%). This watershed has 209.37 stream miles, 384.45 lake acres and 30,112.00 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.