Fish and Aquatic Life
Mccune Lake, in the Brill and Red Cedar Rivers Watershed, is a 57.66 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County McCune Lake, T37N, R11W, Section 17, 20, Surface Acres-62.3, Maximum Depth-37 feet, M.P.A.-9 ppm, Secchi Disk-14 feet.
A soft water, seepage lake, it is landlocked and separated into two basins by a town road with a culvert. The north basin is shallower with a maximum depth of 12 feet; the southern basin has 37 feet of depth. The latter basin has quite a variable bottom with scattered pockets of deep water and shallow bars. An intermittent stream flows south to Fenton Lake which is also landlocked. The fishery of the lake includes northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds and bullheads. The small culvert provides for free passage of fish between basins. There are no records of winterkill in the shallower north basin but during low water periods, this is a possibility. About 30 Percent of the irregular-shaped south basin has deeply sloping shore. Four small islands are also located in this basin. The watershed has 20percent of the land in agricultural use. The shoreline is mostly upland except for some cleared land along the town road, a small marsh off the west shore to the south basin and a larger cattail-marsh wetland along the northeast shore of the north basin. twenty percent of the littoral has a muck bottom and the remainder is unsorted sand, gravel and boulder. Aquatic vegetation growth is moderate but for a few patches of floating pond weeds and water lilies in shoal areas. Nesting waterfowl here includes mallards, teal, wood ducks and loons. Furbearer use is minor. Private lakeshore development amounts to nine cottages and dwellings. Public frontage of about 0.11 mile is in Town of Long Lake road right-of-way. Access from there is available on the east side of the north basin and off the town road bisecting the lake.
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|
|1865400||McCune Lake||663142||Mccune Lake - S Basin Deep Hole (Site A)||8/8/1992||8/22/1992||Map||Data|
|1865400||McCune Lake||10006751||McCune Lake||9/5/2000||10/3/2016||Map||Data|
McCune Lake is located in the Brill and Red Cedar Rivers watershed which is 297.68 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (49.40%), agricultural (20.30%) and a mix of grassland (10.70%) and other uses (19.60%). This watershed has 264.90 stream miles, 6,282.34 lake acres and 15,832.05 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Medium for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.