Fish and Aquatic Life
Old Abe Flowage, located approximately nine miles downstream of Cornell Flowage, exhibits no
stratification. The Trophic State Index value of 59-60 indicates poor water quality. Heavy to
moderate algae blooms were observed from July through November (WDNR 1993). For a
discussion of the Chippewa River and Old Abe Flowage, please see the main stem section of this
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Chippewa County Old Abe Lake T30N, R7W, T31N, R7W, T31N, R6W
A soft water, drainage impoundment on the Chippewa River. It has a 54 -foot water control structure on its outlet (Jim Fa-Us Dam) and is operated by the Northern States Power Co. The most common fish species include walleyes, black crappies, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, redhorse and white suckers. Other species present are muskellunge, northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, bluegills, rock bass, pumpkinseeds, bullheads, burbot and rock sturgeon. Ducks, numbering in the thousands, and coot use the flowage during migratory seasons. Muskrats are common. Mallards, teal, wood ducks and mergansers use the 500-acre adjoining wetlands (approximate) for nesting habitat. Its private development consists of three resorts, two boat rental places and 58 cottages. Two accesses with limited parking are available for use on the west side of the flowage. One is a county wayside park in Section 10, the other is a town access in Section 3. The Village of Cornell and the county own other lands bordering the flowage and the total publicly-owned lake shore amounts to 0. 85 miles.
Surface Acres = 1, 072, S.D.F. = 6.72, Maximum Depth = 36 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|2174700||Old Abe Lake||093100||Chippewa River Old Abe Lake-Old Abe Flowage - Hofke Housemiddle Hofke House - Deep Hole||1/18/1989||9/4/2003||Map||Data|
|2174700||Old Abe Lake||094009||Old Abe Lake - Old Abe Lake||8/28/1979||8/28/1979||Map||Data|
|2174700||Old Abe Lake||10001071||Old Abe Lake||8/7/2001||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
|2174700||Old Abe Lake||10018403||Old Abe Lake -- Chippewa River Access||Map||Data|
Old Abe Lake 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.