Fish and Aquatic Life
Wilipyro Lake, T44N, R8W, Section 36
A soft water, seepage lake, landlocked and having a fish population consisting of northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, and black crappie. It has an inlet channel from North Bass Lake, however, the two drainage basins axe landlocked. The entire lake is bordered by wooded upland, but about 15 percent of the immediate shoreline is bordered by marsh wetland. Muskrats are common and migratory duck use is light. Private development consists of 15 cottages. There is no public access or public frontage.
Surface Acres = 77.0, Maximum Depth = 25 feet, M.P.A. = 21 ppm, Secchi Disk = 15 feet
Author Aquatic Biologist
Wilipyro Lake (2473600) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Total phosphorus sample data were clearly below FAL use listing thresholds and did not exceed REC listing thresholds. This water is meeting these designated uses and is not considered impaired.
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2473600||Lake Wilipyro||044027||Samoset Lake - Samoset Lake||7/17/1979||7/17/1979||Map||Data|
|2473600||Lake Wilipyro||043157||Lake Wilipyro - Deep Hole||5/13/2001||8/20/2021||Map||Data|
|2473600||Lake Wilipyro||10000915||Lake Wilipyro||9/5/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
Lake Wilipyro is located in the Upper Namekagon River watershed which is 197.80 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (74.10%), wetland (16.70%) and a mix of open (4.60%) and other uses (4.70%). This watershed has 135.34 stream miles, 6,298.06 lake acres and 19,026.69 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.