Fish and Aquatic Life
Little Devil Lake (Devils), in the Brill and Red Cedar Rivers Watershed, is a 51.99 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, seepage lake, with a small outlet flow of about 0.8 cubic foot per second to Big Devil Lake to the southeast. The fishery of Little Devil Lake includes walleyes, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, rock bass, pumpkinseeds, bullheads, white suckers and bowfins. There is a possibility that cisco may be present also since they have been found in Big Devil Lake. Eighty-two percent of the shoreline is cattail and sedge meadow wetland. The remaining eighteen percent has mixed hardwood and pine on it. Much of the latter shoreline type slopes steeply to the lake and has a littoral bottom of sand and gravel. Softer muck materials are found off the marshy shore. The lake is single-basined with little structure relief. One-third of the-lake area is over 20 feet in depth. This clear water lake has about 10 percent of its watershed in agricultural land use. Seventy-seven acres of wetlands of varying types are adjacent to the lake. Muskrats are common lake users and nesting ducks include mallards, teal and wood ducks. There are eight cottages on the lakeshore. Public frontage amounts to about 0.01 mile of Town of Madge shoreline at the public access on the lake's west side. Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County Little Devil Lake, T38N, R11W, Section 29, 32, Surface Acres-55.6, Maximum Depth-34 feet, M.P.A.-89 ppm, Secchi Disk-14 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|
|2107600||Little Devil Lake||10018557||Little Devils Lake -- Access||11/9/2006||8/21/2011||Map||Data|
|2107600||Little Devil Lake||10006887||Little Devil Lake||9/5/2000||10/3/2016||Map||Data|
|2107600||Little Devil Lake||663185||Little Devils Lake - Deep Hole||8/5/2006||9/13/2007||Map||Data|
Little Devil 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.