Fish and Aquatic Life
Spring Lake (T43n R06w S32), in the West Fork Chippewa River Watershed, is a 8.88 acre springs-lake that falls in Bayfield County. This springs-lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Bayfield County,WI: WI-DNR
Key ---> NA*=Not Available
Spring Lake, T43N, R6W, Section 32
Surface Acres = 10.6, Maximum Depth = 8 feet, M.P.A. = 50 ppm,
Secchi Disk NA*
A drained lake with a outlet to Star Lake, Sawyer County,
estimated at 0.5 cubic feet per second. It has some spring water
sources. The lake is subject to winter freeze-out conditions,
and the fish population consists of yellow perch and forage
minnows. About 90 percent of the surrounding shoreline is firm
upland with pine and scattered hardwoods. A black spruce swamp
at the outlet of the lake makes up the remaining 10 percent of
the shoreline. Bottom types are 90 percent muck, 5 percent sand,
and 5 percent gravel. The 23 acres of adjoining wetlands are
used by nesting mallards, wood, and bluewing teal ducks, and
other migratory waterfowl use is light. Muskrats are common and
an old deteriorated beaver dam on the outlet indicates past
beaver use. There is no private development on this wilderness
type lake, and the entire lake is in Chequamegon National Forest
ownership. Access is provided by an old logging trail, that
comes within 200 feet of the lake and the rest of the way is a
walking trail to the water's edge.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|2420400||Spring Lake||10000883||Spring Lake||8/29/2000||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
Spring Lake is located in the West Fork Chippewa River watershed which is 284.78 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (62%), wetland (33.60%) and a mix of open (4.30%) and other uses (0%). This watershed has 256.71 stream miles, 6,208.10 lake acres and 60,035.54 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.