Fish and Aquatic Life
Pine Lake, T29n R17w S01, in the Kinnickinnic River Watershed, is a 118.47 acre lake that falls in Saint Croix County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A softwater, seepage lake, landlocked and subject to an occasional partial winter freeze-out. The lake was treated in 1960 with toxaphene to remove its fish population. It will subsequently be restocked and managed for largemouth bass and bluegills. It has a town road access extending to the lake on the northwest side. A two-acre public park area is maintained near the access by the Central St. Croix Rod and Gun Club.
A boat livery is available and the lake's private development consists of one dwelling. A three acre sedge-cattail wetland is utilized by muskrats
and nesting mallards and blue-winged teal. Fluctuating water levels are a disadvantage to aquatic life and prospective cottage owners of this
lake. Source: 1961, Surface Water Resources of St.Croix Co. Pine Lake - Baldwin - T. 29 N., R. 17 W., Sec. 1 Surface Acres = 53.0 S.D.F. = 2.75 Maximum Depth = 15 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Pine Lake (WBIC 2489700) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data exceeded 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use, but did not exceed Fish and Aquatic Life thresholds
Author Aaron Larson
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.
West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on 13.5 acres of the Hamerski property on Pine Lake (Baldwin) in St. Croix County. Easement protects 2,377 ft. of lake frontage. Restricts timber harvest, vegetation removal and shoreline development.
West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on 4.35 acres of the Litzner property on Pine Lake (Baldwin) in St. Croix County. Easement protects 252 ft of lake frontage. Restricts timber harvest, vegetation removal and shoreline development.
West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on 23 acres of the Fern property on Pine Lake (Baldwin) in St. Croix County. Easement protects over 750 feet of lake frontage. Restricts timber harvest, vegetation removal and shoreline development.
Nine Key Element Plan
St. Croix County Lakes Cluster PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan - The St. Croix County Lakes Cluster Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the St. Croix County Lakes Cluster Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for the St. Croix County Lakes Cluster and its tributaries. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the St. Croix County Lakes Cluster Priority Watershed Project area which includes Bass, Perch, Squaw, and Baldwin-Pine Lakes.
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|
|2489700||Pine Lake||563082||Pine Lake - South Of Deep Hole||3/8/1993||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2489700||Pine Lake||10005409||Pine Lake (St. Croix County)||8/7/2001||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
|2489700||Pine Lake||10018203||Pine Lake -- Access||6/9/2008||8/27/2011||Map||Data|
Pine Lake is located in the Kinnickinnic River watershed which is 206.08 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (47.30%), grassland (25.40%) and a mix of forest (19.40%) and other uses (7.80%). This watershed has 283.63 stream miles, 508.55 lake acres and 1,305.73 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.