Fish and Aquatic Life
Beechwood Lake, in the North Branch Milwaukee River Watershed, is a 21.73 acre lake that falls in Sheboygan County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A moderately fertile, landlocked, seepage lake with a soft bottom and bog shoreline. The lake has had a history of winterkill imposing a major use problem; however, with gradual elimination of pollution, and chemical treatment for control of the fish population, conditions have been improved to the point where winterkills have not occurred since the winter of 1958-59 to the present. In December, 1963, aeration devices were used in the lake to increase or maintain oxygen at levels which would permit fish survival under winterkill conditions. However, this experiment did not produce a measurable effect on the winter dissolved oxygen content. Largemouth bass, northern pike, panfish and bullheads constitute the fishery. Waterfowl nesting is a contributing value and fair numbers of puddle ducks use the lake during spring and fall migrations--providing some hunting in favorable years. One public access without parking is available in SE corner. Source: 1968, Surface Water Resources of Sheboygan County Beechwood Lake T13N, R20E, Section 17 (4)
Surface Acres = 10.9, S.D.F. = 1.45, Maximum Depth = 20 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|
|8000||Beechwood Lake||603088||Beechwood Lake - Deep Hole||2/24/1976||10/31/1985||Map||Data|
|8000||Beechwood Lake||10005810||Beechwood Lake||7/27/1999||9/21/2021||Map||Data|
|8000||Beechwood Lake||10017428||Beechwood Lake -- Access at SE Side Lake Nr Cty A||3/30/2012||10/26/2021||Map||Data|
Beechwood Lake is located in the North Branch Milwaukee River watershed which is 149.67 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (45.40%), grassland (20.30%) and a mix of wetland (15.50%) and other uses (18.80%). This watershed has 159.81 stream miles, 886.38 lake acres and 13,793.69 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.