Fish and Aquatic Life
Howell Lake, in the Pine River Watershed, is a 170.57 acre lake that falls in Forest County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Forest County Howell Lake, T40N, R12E, Sec. 13
A medium hard water spring lake having slightly alkaline, clear water of moderate transparency. The immediate shoreline is upland (97 percent) of hardwoods and conifer with the remainder a meadow wetland. Composition of the littoral material is sand (65 percent), silt (15 percent), gravel (12 percent), and rubble (8 percent). Aquatic vegetation is sparse. Fish species found in this lake are walleye, largemouth bass, northern pike, crappie and perch. The outlet flows to the North Branch of the Pine River. Shoreline development consists of two dwellings. There is no boat landing or public frontage. Public access isavailable via the outlet stream, Howell Creek, from a road crossing downstream from the lake.
Surface Acres = 177, Maximum Depth = 15 feet, Secchi disk = 11 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Howell Lake (WBIC 691800) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new chloride sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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|
|691800||Howell Lake||10002667||Howell Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|691800||Howell Lake||10033611||Howell Lake - Deepest Spot||5/16/2011||4/20/2021||Map||Data|
Howell Lake is located in the Pine River watershed which is 342.57 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (69.50%), wetland (24.80%) and a mix of open (3.20%) and other uses (2.60%). This watershed has 348.02 stream miles, 6,893.46 lake acres and 35,145.32 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Medium for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.