Fish and Aquatic Life
Kathryn Lake is a 62-acre drained lake near Perkinstown. Volunteer self-help lake monitoring
information shows ths lake to be slightly eutrophic with TSI values in the range of 56. An aeration
system was installed with the cooperation of the Chequamegon National Forest Fisheries Biologist. A
lakes planning grant could be used to obtain additional water quality data.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Taylor County Kathryn Lake, T31N, R2W, Section 4
A hard water, drained lake with an outlet feeder to Anderson Lake. The estimated normal flow of the outlet is 0.1 cubic foot per second. The fish population includes northern pike, walleyes, largemouth bass, perch, bluegills, black crappies, and black bullheads. Stunted panfish and excessive aquatic vegetation are management problems. The lakeshore vegetation consists of 75 percent upland hardwood and 25 percent wetland. The littoral bottom zone is mostly muck, but there are scattered areas of gravel, rubble, and boulders. Aquatic vegetation is abundant, with species of pickerel weed, bulrushes, cattails, yellow and white waterlilies, coontail, and pondweed. Furbearer and waterfowl use is not significant. Kathryn Lake Campground, a federally-owned and operated campground, is located on the southeast shore. In addition to camping, there are picnicking and swimming facilities, as well as, a boat launching ramp. Private development consists of one resort, a boat rental, and twenty dwellings. There is 0.36 miles of public frontage on the lake.
Surface Acres = 63.2, Maximum Depth = 55 feet, M.P.A. = 62 ppm, Secchi Disk = 8 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|
|2166100||Kathryn Lake||10005822||Kathryn Lake||4/20/1994||7/13/2020||Map||Data|
|2166100||Kathryn Lake||10019157||Kathryn Lake -- Access||9/10/2013||7/13/2019||Map||Data|
|2166100||Kathryn Lake||613182||Kathryn Lake - Deep Hole||7/16/1987||9/26/1992||Map||Data|
|2166100||Kathryn Lake||10019158||Kathryn Lake -- Access||7/13/2019||7/13/2019||Map||Data|
Kathryn Lake is located in the Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River watershed which is 241.08 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (51.50%), wetland (30.60%) and a mix of agricultural (10.80%) and other uses (7.10%). This watershed has 306.51 stream miles, 682.42 lake acres and 30,178.84 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.