Fish and Aquatic Life
Echo Lake, in the Beaver Brook Watershed, is a 172.47 acre lake that falls in Barron County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Echo Lake has the appearance of "good" water quality but very little hard data. The
recruitment of a self-help volunteer and the encouragement of an active lake organization
should be the first priorities for this lake. A "feasibility-type" lakes planning grant to document
water quality and start the lake community on the way to a lake management plan would be the
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Source: 1964, Surface Water Resources of Barron County Echo Lake T34N, R14W, Section 8 Surface Acres = 164.0, S.D.F. = 1.67, Maximum Depth = 40 feet A soft water seepage lake with intermittent outlet flowing into the North Branch of Beaver Brook. The fish populationconsists of northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, pumpkinseeds, bullheads, and walleyes are also present. Naturally occurring water fluctuations are a problem to its use. Most of the surrounding lakeshore is open pasture other than the space taken up by 17 cottages and homes. The marsh wetland bordering the lake provides habitat for muskrats and nesting puddle ducks and mergansers. The public frontage consists of only the town road access on the west shore.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Echo Lake (2630200) was placed on the impaired waters list for Mercury in fish tissue in 1998. This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. This lake is considered impaired for Fish Consumption use and meeting REC and FAL uses.
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.
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|
|2630200||Echo Lake||033210||Echo Lake - Deep Hole||8/4/2004||9/4/2022||Map||Data|
|2630200||Echo Lake||10018536||Echo Lake -- Access at 3/4 Street||9/10/2003||9/15/2022||Map||Data|
|2630200||Echo Lake||10049226||Echo Lake - Staff Gage||Map||Data|
|2630200||Echo Lake||10000662||Echo Lake||9/5/2000||6/27/2020||Map||Data|
Echo Lake is located in the Beaver Brook watershed which is 64.82 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (31.80%), agricultural (24.70%) and a mix of grassland (19%) and other uses (24.40%). This watershed has 75.34 stream miles, 1,801.18 lake acres and 5,965.27 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Medium for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.