Fish and Aquatic Life
Brandy Lake, in the Upper Tomahawk River Watershed, is a 112.77 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County Brandy Lake, T-40-N, R-6-E, Section 35, Area = 110 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 44 feet.
A moderately-fertile drainage lake, Brandy Lake has slightly acid, light brown water of low to moderate transparency. Bottom materials are composed of sand, gravel and muck, with sand being the predominant material. Muskellunge and walleyes are both considered to be common in this lake as well as the largemouth bass. The lake has a slow growing pan fish population and undoubtedly has suffered some degree of increased fertility. Public use opportunities on this lake are excellent. There is a town park swimming area combined with a town access road and boat launching facilities, and there are eight resorts. Boat rental facilities are available nearby. The lake is of little value to waterfowl and fur bearers.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Brandy Lake Beach was assessed for the 2018 listing cycle; E. coli data sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use. This beach 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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1541300||Brandy Lake||10039814||Brandy Lake Beach||7/21/2008||8/27/2018||Map||Data|
|1541300||Brandy Lake||643445||Brandy Lake - Max Depth||8/4/1995||8/1/2017||Map||Data|
|1541300||Brandy Lake||10018822||Brandy Lake -- Access||7/29/2007||7/2/2016||Map||Data|
|1541300||Brandy Lake||10005988||Brandy Lake - T40 R6E S35||7/27/1999||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
Brandy Lake is located in the Upper Tomahawk River watershed which is 186.83 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (67%), wetland (16%) and a mix of open (14%) and other uses (3.10%). This watershed has 139.00 stream miles, 17,609.90 lake acres and 20,470.21 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.