Fish and Aquatic Life
Bass Lake, in the Upper St. Croix and Eau Claire Rivers Watershed, is a 21.82 acre lake that falls in Bayfield County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The Brule Area Inland Fisheries Management Plan has identified as a major goal the
maintainance of a number of small lakes "in a wild state for the preservation of fauna and flora
for present and future generations to experience in a low disturbance posture." Bass and Blue
Lakes (6,7-45-9W) within this watershed are included in this plan. The acquisition of frontage
around these lakes would be desireable.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Bayfield County,WI: WI-DNR Key ---> NA*=Not Available Bass Lake, T45N, R9W, Section 6
A soft water, seepage lake, landlocked and having a fish population of panfish. The lake has a history of occasional partial winterkills of fish. Except for a few scattered birch, the lake is completely surrounded by Jack pine. The lake shore bottom is 65 percent sand and 35 percent muck. Muskrat and beaver use is insignificant, however, waterfowl utilize the lake for nesting each spring. There is no public access road or public frontage and private development consists of one cottage.
Surface Acres = 20.2, Maximum Depth = 16 feet, M.P.A. = 26 ppm, Secchi Disk NA*
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|2451800||Bass Lake||10000889||Bass Lake||9/5/2000||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
Bass Lake is located in the Upper St. Croix and Eau Claire Rivers watershed which is 277.89 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (83.90%), wetland (9.50%) and a mix of open (4.30%) and other uses (2.40%). This watershed has 153.93 stream miles, 7,654.41 lake acres and 13,694.48 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.