Fish and Aquatic Life
Duck Lake, in the West Fork Chippewa River Watershed, is a 29.96 acre lake that falls in Ashland and Bayfield Counties. This 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 Duck Lake, T43N, R5W, Section 13
A soft water, drainage lake having a normal outlet flow estimated at 2.70 cubic feet per second. A small swamp drainage inlet and springs in the bottom of the lake are the major water sources. The outlet stream flows southwest for about one mile and then empties into the West Fork of the Chippewa River. About 60 percent of the lake is bordered by a tag alder, leatherleaf, black spruce, and tamarack swamp. The remaining shoreline is bordered by wooded upland with mixed hardwoods predominating. The sport fishery is limited to largemouth bass and panfish. The littoral bottom type is mostly muck, however, areas of rock, sand, and gravel are also present. Beaver are common here as well as nesting mallard and blue-winged teal. The lake lies on the Bayfield County-Ashland County line with the eastern quarter of the lake lying in Ashland County. Private development consists of one cottage in Ashland County on the east shore of the lake, and there is no public frontage or access road.
Surface Acres = 27.9, Maximum Depth = 31 feet, M.P.A. = 17 ppm, Secchi Disk = 3 feet
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|
|2431000||Duck Lake||10000887||Duck Lake||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
Duck 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.