Fish and Aquatic Life
Black Lake is a soft water, drainage lake located at the headwaters of the Black River. Outlet flow is estimated at 1.0 cubic foot per second. Fish present are northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, black crappies, pumpkinseed, and black bullhead. Most of the shoreline vegetation is upland hardwood, but there is a conifer swamp along the northern edge of the lake. The littoral region of the lake is approximately 70 percent gravel, and 30 percent muck bottomed. Cattail, arrowhead, burreed, yellow and white water lilies, watershield, and coontail are the predominant plant species present. Muskrat and beaver use is significant. Bluewinged teal and wood ducks use the lake edge for nesting. There is no public frontage, public access, or private developments.
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Taylor County Black Lake, T33N, R2E, Section 29 Surface Acres = 15.0, Maximum Depth = 22 feet, M.P.A. = 15 ppm, Secchi Disk = 2 feet.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1769400||Black Lake||10005864||Black Lake||8/29/2000||9/2/2016||Map||Data|
Black Lake is located in the Black and Little Black Rivers watershed which is 160.81 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (32.40%), forest (30.10%) and a mix of agricultural (24.40%) and other uses (13.10%). This watershed has 211.97 stream miles, 505.95 lake acres and 23,424.34 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.