Excess Algal Growth, Eutrophication
Fish and Aquatic Life
Largon Lake, in the Clam River Watershed, is a 134.84 acre lake that falls in Polk County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
This water was assessed during the 2020 cycle; phosphorus and algae sample data exceeded 2020 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. The 2022 cycle evaluation of aquatic plant data indicated healthy communities.
Author Ashley Beranek
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|
|5004985||Unnamed||493158||Largon Lake Tributary - In Sec 14||10/30/2000||9/10/2001||Map||Data|
|2668100||Largon Lake||10005052||Largon Lake||9/5/2000||8/17/2021||Map||Data|
|2668100||Largon Lake||493171||Largon Lake - East - Intr Inlet||10/30/2000||9/10/2001||Map||Data|
|2668100||Largon Lake||493211||Largon Lake - Near Center||2/26/2001||2/26/2001||Map||Data|
|2668100||Largon Lake||493142||Largon Lake - Deep Hole||8/9/1998||6/20/2022||Map||Data|
|2667800||Largon Creek||493157||Largon Lake Inlet - From Lt Largon Lk||10/30/2000||9/10/2001||Map||Data|
|2668100||Largon Lake||10017751||Largon Lake -- Access||9/19/2003||6/30/2020||Map||Data|
Largon Lake is located in the Clam River watershed which is 206.86 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (58.90%), wetland (20.10%) and a mix of grassland (8.80%) and other uses (12.20%). This watershed has 218.27 stream miles, 5,389.35 lake acres and 24,386.72 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.
Largon Lake is considered a Shallow Headwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Shallow headwater lake describes the depth and location of the lake in a watershed. These variables affect the lakes response to watershed variables.