Fish and Aquatic Life
Seven Mile Lake, T39N, R11E, Section 3
A soft water drainage lake having slightly acid, light brown water of low transparency. Sand is the predominant littoral material (70 percent) with muck (10 percent) and some gravel and rock. The shoreline is predominantly upland (90 percent) with marsh and shrub wetland adjoining portions of the lake basin. Submergent vegetation is moderate in density. Fish species found in this lake are muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, bluegill, crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, bullhead and sucker. Cisco are reported to be present. Public access with parking is available. Two resorts, public campground, a picnic site and 18 dwellings are located on the shore. Water levels are maintained by a water controlstructure having four head feet at the outlet.
Surface Acres = 240.2, S.D.F. = 2.58, Maximum Depth = 36 feet
Author Aquatic Biologist
Sevenmile Lake (WBIC 1605800) was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2014. This lake was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Total Phosphorus sample data were nearly below the listing thresholds. Based on the most updated information, no change in the existing impaired waters listing was needed.
Author Ashley Beranek
Sevenmile Lake (1605800) was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2014. This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Total phosphorus data did not exceed REC or FAL thresholds. This water remains listed for total phosphorus because data were not clearly below listing thresholds.
Author Aaron Larson
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.
Lakes Planning Grant
Lake Management Plan Development
Watercraft Inspections Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment, Inventory
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment or Inventory
Issue News/Media Release
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|
|1605800||Sevenmile Lake||10004574||Sevenmile Lake||4/24/1977||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1605800||Sevenmile Lake||10046835||West Shore ||8/6/2016||9/12/2016||Map||Data|
|1605800||Sevenmile Lake||10019963||Sevenmile Lake -- Access at W Side Of Lake||5/27/2012||6/16/2015||Map||Data|
|1605800||Sevenmile Lake||443253||Sevenmile Lake - Deep Hole||7/25/1979||9/12/2016||Map||Data|
|1605800||Sevenmile Lake||10019857||Sevenmile Lake -- Access at End Of 7 Mile Lake Rd||8/26/2011||6/16/2015||Map||Data|
Sevenmile Lake is located in the Eagle River watershed which is 181.70 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (55.60%), wetland (28%) and a mix of open (12.90%) and other uses (3.50%). This watershed has 146.13 stream miles, 15,720.03 lake acres and 32,094.84 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.