Fish and Aquatic Life
Partridge Lake, in the Lower Wolf River and Walla Walla and Alder Creeks Watersheds, is a 1,184.94 acre lake that falls in Waupaca County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Waupaca County Partridge Lake, T21N, R13E, Sections 22, 27 Surface Acres = 1,124.3; S.D.F. = 2.13, Maximum Depth = 6 feet.
This is the largest body of water in Waupaca County. The hard, alkaline water is medium brown in color. Sand is the predominant bottom type providing a firm bottom ideal for brooding largemouth bass and bluegill. Aquatic vegetation is dense in the very shallow water areas. Sport fish present are northern pike, walleye, perch, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and bullheads. Gar, carp, drum, burbot, white sucker, redhorse, and various forage species are also present. The lake receives considerable fishing pressure in winter and spring primarily for bluegills. All but a small portion of the shoreline is composed of open marsh, shrub swamp, and hardwood swamp creating ideal conditions for muskrats, deer, mink, and waterfowl. Hunting is allowed except in the Village of Fremont. Access is provided by one town road with parking. The Village of Fremont maintains a beach and park providing swimming and picnic facilities. During the non- swimming season they allow boat launching at the beach for a fee. The Wolf River flows through Partridge Lake providing navigable water access. Additional navigable water access is provided by the Little River. Developments include 30 dwellings and one boat livery.
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|
|253800||Partridge Lake||10033774||Partridge Lake -- River Street - Village of Fremont ||8/29/2012||8/29/2012||Map||Data|
|253800||Partridge Lake||10045643||Phragmites Occurrence - Partridge Lake||7/15/2015||9/22/2017||Map||Data|
|253800||Partridge Lake||10040173||Partridge Lake - Private Boat Access at Blue Top Resort||5/27/2013||9/2/2013||Map||Data|
|253800||Partridge Lake||10007267||Partridge Lake||7/27/1999||9/14/2014||Map||Data|
|253800||Partridge Lake||693027||Partridge Lake - Deepest Part-Ep||2/16/1977||8/25/1997||Map||Data|
Partridge Lake is located in the Walla Walla and Alder Creeks watershed which is 112.09 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (31.30%), wetland (22.90%) and a mix of forest (20.60%) and other uses (25.30%). This watershed has 172.60 stream miles, 7,232.18 lake acres and 16,571.69 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.