Fish and Aquatic Life
Moose Lake is a small, 81-acre, landlocked and elongated basin bordering terminal moraine and outwash deposits. The water is clear with sand and gravel bottom and is fairly deep (61 feet). The fishery consists of pan fish, largemouth bass, northern pike and rainbow trout. Public access is not available, but a small private launch site provides limited access. The entire shoreline is high and extensively developed with homes.
The Moose Lake Association has recently been interested in several issues, including water quality, shoreline protection, development and the aquatic plant community.
The advancement association is participating in the WDNR Self-Help Monitoring Program. In 1993, volunteers found the average secchi clarity to be 14.6 feet, which indicates excellent water quality. Because Moose Lake is a landlocked seepage lake, the greatest potential for zebra mussels to enter is via boats.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Waukesha County Moose Lake T8N, R18E, Sections 19 and 30
A small, landlocked, elongate basin bordering terminal moraine and outwash deposits. The water is clear, over sand and gravel, and the lake is fairly deep. The fishery consists of pan fish, largemouth bass, northern pike and rainbow trout. Public access is not available, but boats may be rented at the lake and a resort provides qualified access. The entire shore line is high and extensively developed with homesites.
Surface Acres = 81, S.D.F. = 1.82, Maximum Depth = 61 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|
|778400||Moose Lake||10017610||Moose Lake -- Ramp||9/1/2010||7/26/2019||Map||Data|
|778400||Moose Lake||683421||Moose Lake - Deep Hole||Map||Data|
|778400||Moose Lake||684005||Moose Lake - Moose Lake||Map||Data|
|778400||Moose Lake||10007212||Moose Lake||6/1/1995||7/3/2020||Map||Data|
|778400||Moose Lake||683168||Moose Lake - Deep Hole||9/4/1979||8/26/2020||Map||Data|
Moose Lake is located in the Oconomowoc River watershed which is 130.86 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (24.90%), forest (19.70%) and a mix of wetland (16.90%) and other uses (38.40%). This watershed has 136.99 stream miles, 2,858.66 lake acres and 11,105.19 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.