Fish and Aquatic Life
In a 1990 survey, 25 aquatic plant species were documented in this lake. Water quality data indicate
that hgh levels of nutrients are causing algal blooms and dense aquatic plant growth in shallow
areas of the lake. Plant harvesting may need to be considered in selected locations to improve
aesthetics and fishery habitat. Harvesting also removes nutrients from the lake, whtch, in this case,
would not be detrimental (Konkel).
Author Aquatic Biologist
A hard water, drainage lake on O'Neil Creek. It has a 12-foot water control structure on its outlet operated by Martin Hanson. Its fish population includes northern pike, walleyes, largemouth bass and pan fish. Redhorse, suckers, and carp are also present. Over 290 acres of wetlands adjoining the lake provide habitat for muskrats, nesting mallards, blue-winged teal, wood ducks and mergansers. Other diving and puddle ducks, coots and Canada geese use the lake during migratory seasons. It is accessible by one town road access to the lake. Private development consists of two resorts, one boat rental place and eight cottages. Other than the access road it has no other public frontage. Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Chippewa County Marsh Miller Lake T31N, R8W, Sections 17, 20, 29 and 30 Surface Acres = 435.8, S.D.F. = 2.72, Maximum Depth = 22 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|
|2171200||Marsh-Miller Lake (Mill Pond)||10001981||Marsh-Miller Lake||8/29/2000||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
|2171200||Marsh-Miller Lake (Mill Pond)||10031284||Marsh Miller Lake - Deepest Spot||5/27/2010||10/9/2011||Map||Data|
|2171200||Marsh-Miller Lake (Mill Pond)||093109||Marsh-Miller Lake - Marsh-Miller Central Bay Mm2||2/28/1990||10/30/1990||Map||Data|
|2171200||Marsh-Miller Lake (Mill Pond)||10028965||Marsh Miller -- Landing At Birch Point Resort||5/30/2008||8/3/2010||Map||Data|
|2171200||Marsh-Miller Lake (Mill Pond)||093108||Marsh-Miller Lake - Marsh-Miller Mif N Bay Mm1||2/28/1990||8/20/2003||Map||Data|
Marsh-Miller Lake (Mill Pond) is located in the McCann Creek and Fisher River watershed which is 311.06 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (39.20%), agricultural (22.90%) and a mix of wetland (22.10%) and other uses (15.80%). This watershed has 385.14 stream miles, 3,485.11 lake acres and 33,345.65 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.