Fish and Aquatic Life
Kekegama Lake, in the Brill and Red Cedar Rivers Watershed, is a 128.41 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A hard water, drainage lake, having an outlet stream, Bear Creek, flowing south into Bear Lake. The estimated normal flow at the outlet is 6.0 cubic feet per second. Kekegama Lake is a natural glacial lake in the pitted outwash. The lake's fish population includes northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappies bluegills, pumpkinseeds, perch, bullheads and white suckers. The lake is elongated north and south and has steeply sloping shore on much of the frontage. A tamarack bog lies along the inlet stream at the north end and a tag alder swamp is located along the outlet bay. The adjoining wetlands amount to 88 acres. A good stand of wild rice is also found in the outlet bay. Algae blooms are common occurrences and the water has a turbid appearance. The littoral bottom is predominantly gravel and boulder off the east and west shores and muck is found at each end. Puddle ducks nest along the lakeshore and muskrats are common to the lake. A large number of other ducks, coot and
occasionally geese use the lake duringmigration periods. There are two resorts and seven cottages on the lakeshore. The Town of Sarona provided a public access on the east shore. Public frontage of 0.03 mile is the shoreline of the access site.Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County Kekegama Lake, T37N R12W, Section 23, 26, 35, Surface Acres-109.7, Maximum Depth- 24 feet, M.P.A.-92 ppm, Secchi Disk- 5 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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2106200||Kekegama Lake||663007||Kekegama Lake / Bear Creek - Center||5/7/1976||8/22/1992||Map||Data|
|2106200||Kekegama Lake||10022131||Kekegama Lake||6/29/2010||10/3/2016||Map||Data|
|2106200||Kekegama Lake||10018245||Kekagama Lake -- Access||6/9/2005||6/17/2019||Map||Data|
Kekegama 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.