Fish and Aquatic Life
Rock River Water Quality Management Plan, Lower Rock River Appendix. WT-668-2002. South Central Region, WDNR.
Upper Genesee Lake has been described as pristine, exclusive, and having excellent water quality. No motors are allowed on the lake and the boat access is carry-in only. The lake experiences water-level fluctuations due to its groundwater-dominated nature; it is hydraulically connected to Middle Genesee Lake. A Pabst Farm development north of Hwy 94 may be affecting the lake's water quality from wind erosion and deposition. A WDNR lakes planning grant could help fund a joint planning process to ensure sustainable development on that property, including ensuring maintained groundwater infiltration and stormwater management activities.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Waukesha County Upper Genesee Lake (Otis) T7N, R17E, Section 22
A small landlocked lake situated in outwash deposits in the Bark River Valley. Low swampland separates this lake from Middle Genesee Lake to the southwest. Nearly 75 per cent of the shore line is marsh associated. Pan fish, primarily yellow perch, comprise the fishery. A seminary occupies the south shore and homes are being constructed on the north and east shores. Public access is not available. A nearby heavily traveled state highway discourages wildlife habitation.
Surface Acres = 35, S.D.F. = 1.33, Maximum Depth = 34 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|
|788500||Upper Genesee Lake||10033464||Upper Genessee Deepest Spot||2/9/1981||2/9/1981||Map||Data|
|788500||Upper Genesee Lake||10052802||Upper Genesee Lake - Deep Hole||8/11/2019||11/17/2021||Map||Data|
|788500||Upper Genesee Lake||10017601||Upper Genesee Lake -- Access||6/6/2014||8/3/2022||Map||Data|
|788500||Upper Genesee Lake||10007233||Upper Genesee Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Upper Genesee Lake is located in the Bark River watershed which is 185.84 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (29.90%), wetland (22.40%) and a mix of forest (15.20%) and other uses (32.50%). This watershed has 265.69 stream miles, 3,499.26 lake acres and 22,145.94 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.