Lake Alice, Noisy and Pine Creeks,Woodboro Watershed (UW33)
Lake Alice, Noisy and Pine Creeks,Woodboro Watershed (UW33)
Lake Alice (1555900)
1438.32 Acres
Natural Community
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model results that use predicted flow and temperature based on landscape features and related assumptions. Ranges of flow and temperature associated with specific aquatic life communities (fish, macroinvertebrates) help biologists identify appropriate resource management goals. Wisconsin Natural Communities.
Year Last Monitored
This is the most recent date of monitoring data stored in SWIMS. Additional surveys for fish and habitat may be available subsequent to this date.
This impoundment is impaired
Low DO
BOD, sediment load, Mercury
Trout Water 
Trout Waters are represented by Class I, Class II or Class III waters. These classes have specific ecological characteristics and management actions associated with them. For more information regarding Trout Classifications, see the Fisheries Trout Class Webpages.
Outstanding or Exceptional 
Wisconsin has designated many of the state's highest quality waters as Outstanding Resource Waters (ORWs) or Exceptional Resource Waters (ERWs). Waters designated as ORW or ERW are surface waters which provide outstanding recreational opportunities, support valuable fisheries and wildlife habitat, have good water quality, and are not significantly impacted by human activities. ORW and ERW status identifies waters that the State of Wisconsin has determined warrant additional protection from the effects of pollution. These designations are intended to meet federal Clean Water Act obligations requiring Wisconsin to adopt an 'antidegradation' policy that is designed to prevent any lowering of water quality - especially in those waters having significant ecological or cultural value.
Impaired Water 
A water is polluted or 'impaired' if it does not support full use by humans, wildlife, fish and other aquatic life and it is shown that one or more of the pollutant criteria are not met.

Fish and Aquatic Life

Current Use
The use the water currently supports. This is not a designation or classification; it is based on the current condition of the water. Information in this column is not designed for, and should not be used for, regulatory purposes.
Shallow Lowland
Shallow lowland lake describes the depth and location of the lake in a watershed. These variables affect the lakes response to watershed variables.
Attainable Use
The use that the investigator believes the water could achieve through managing "controllable" sources. Beaver dams, hydroelectric dams, low gradient streams, and naturally occurring low flows are generally not considered controllable. The attainable use may be the same as the current use or it may be higher.
Streams capable of supporting a warm waterdependent sport fishery. Representative aquatic life communities associated with these waters generally require cool or warm temperatures and concentrations of dissolved oxygen that do not drop below 5 mg/L.
Designated Use
This is the water classification legally recognized by NR102 and NR104, Wis. Adm. Code. The classification determines water quality criteria and effluent limits. Waters obtain designated uses through classification procedures.
Default FAL
Fish and Aquatic Life - Default Waters do not have a specific use designation subcategory but are considered fishable, swimmable waters.


Whereas fishing is an important recreational opportunity for the

Date  2006

Author   Aquatic Biologist

Historical Description

Source: 1982, Surface Water Resources of Lincoln County

Alice Lake, T35N, R7E, Sec. 30
Surface acres = 1,369.0, Maximum Depth 32 feet, Secchi Disc = 12 feet

A medium hard drainage lake (impoundment), having slightly acid, light
brown water of high transparency. The shoreline is 95 percent upland
consisting of hardwoods and 5 percent bog wetland. The littoral zone
bottom materials are composed of 65 percent sand, 25 percent muck, 7
percent gravel, and 3 percent rubble. The vegetation is moderate in
density in 45 percent of the basin. There are 7 inlet streams: Wisconsin
River, Big Pine Creek, Green Meadow Creek, and four unnamed creeks. The
outlet is the Wisconsin River. Fish inhabiting this lake are
muskellunge, northern pike, perch, largemouth bass, bluegill, black
crappie and pumpkinseed. There is little information available on
waterfowl, but conditions suggest a high probability of spring andfall
migration usage. The water control structure, called King's Dam, is
owned by the Tomahawk Power Company and has a head of 23 feet. Public
access is available with parking at a town boat landing, by navigable
water via the Wisconsin River, and from an unimproved or difficult
landing at the end of a town road. Commercial facilities consist of 22
resorts, and 2 boat rentals. There are 183 private dwellings on the

Date  1982

Author   Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin

Lake Alice, Noisy and Pine Creeks,Woodboro Watershed (UW33) Fish and Aquatic LifeLake Alice, Noisy and Pine Creeks,Woodboro Watershed (UW33) RecreationLake Alice, Noisy and Pine Creeks,Woodboro Watershed (UW33) Fish Consumption


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.



Information and Education
Aquatic Plant Management Plan
Social Survey of Residents or Users
Lakes Planning Grant
Lake Management Plan Development
Project Deliverable
Frog and Toad monitoring report; 3) Fish monitoring report; 4) Summary report of littoral and riparian areas;
Informational Meetings
Develop/Distribute Brochures/Literature
Monitor Wildlife
Comprehensive Planning Studies
Lake Management Plan Development
Monitor Fish Tissue

Management Goals

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

Monitoring Projects

Watershed Characteristics

Lake Alice is located in the Noisy and Pine Creeks watershed which is 179.35 miĀ². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (59.60%), wetland (28.70%) and a mix of grassland (3.60%) and other uses (8.10%). This watershed has 175.54 stream miles, 2,718.23 lake acres and 25,929.55 wetland acres.

Nonpoint Source Characteristics

This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.

Natural Community

Lake Alice is considered a Reservoir under the state's Natural Community Determinations.

Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.

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