Fish and Aquatic Life
Johnson Lake, in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River Watershed, is a 398.87 acre lake that falls in Burnett County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1966, Surface Water Resources of Burnett County Johnson Lake, T40N, R16W, Sections 14, 23, 24
A landlocked, soft water, seepage lake having a fish population of northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, perch, bullhead and white sucker. An occasional complete winterkill and fluctuating water levels are management problems. There is an unimproved public access on the east side. Public frontage includes the access and state-owned island frontage and amounts to0.41 miles. Private development consists of 39 dwellings, four resorts and one boat rental and a private campground at one of the resorts. The lakeshore is entirely upland. A few nesting puddle ducks and migratory diving ducks, coots and geese use the lake at times. Furbearer use is insignificant.
Surface Acres = 396.7, Maximum Depth = 9 feet, M.P.A. = 10 ppm, Secchi Disk= 5 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Johnson Lake was placed on the impaired waters list for mercury in 1998. New fish tissue data indicated that this waterbody no longer needs a specific fish consumption advice for Mercury and so was delisted in 2018. This lake was assessed in each biennial cycle from 2012 and 2020 for the parameters total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a (measure of algae). This lake is on the healthy waters list.
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|
|2471600||Johnson Lake||073054||Johnson Lake - Deep Hole ||7/9/1993||8/16/2021||Map||Data|
|2471600||Johnson Lake||10018058||Johnson Lake -- Access at E Side Lake Off Johnson Lake Rd||7/10/2003||5/24/2021||Map||Data|
|2471600||Johnson Lake||074015||Johnson Lake - Johnson Lake||8/14/1979||8/14/1979||Map||Data|
|2471600||Johnson Lake||10001041||Johnson Lake||9/5/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
Johnson Lake is located in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River watershed which is 208.95 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.90%), wetland (19.60%) and a mix of open (8.80%) and other uses (6.80%). This watershed has 99.73 stream miles, 13,740.17 lake acres and 23,442.16 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.