Fish and Aquatic Life
Partridge Crop Lake, in the Lower Wolf River Watershed, is a 276.01 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 Crop Lake, T22N, R13,14E, Sections 30, 31, 35, 36
Surface Acres = 237.5; S.D.F. = 1.19; Maximum Depth = 8 feet
Partridge Crop Lake is unique in that the Wolf River flows
into and out of the basin at virtually the same location. In
addition to drainage from the Wolf River, water levels are
maintained by seepage from the large marsh around the lake. Sand
is the predominant littoral bottom material however some muck is
also present. There is very little development because most of
the shoreland is low, subject to flooding, and without adequate
access. Duck hunting was reportedly good until recent years.
Wild celery, a prime duck food, was once abundant but is now
scarce. On the date of investigation broods of wood ducks were
seen. Undoubtedly the lake receives quite heavy use by migrant
waterfowl. The lake is popular for bluegill fishing. Walleye
and northern pike are also sought especially in the spring and
during the ice fishing season. Other fish present include
largemouth bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed, perch, bullhead,
channel catfish, suckers, redhorse, gar, burbot, carp, bowfin,
and white bass. The wetlands adjacent to the lake support a
significant population of muskrats. Development consists of six
dwellings. Guth's Resort and Landing located just south of the
lake on the Wolf River provides a landing, a camping facility,
and bait shop. There is no public access from land. The water
in the lake is dark brown in color and highly fertile.
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|
|272000||Partridge Crop Lake||10007268||Partridge Crop Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|272000||Partridge Crop Lake||10043913||Partridge Crop Lake - Deep Hole||7/15/2015||10/9/2015||Map||Data|
Partridge Crop Lake is located in the Lower Wolf River watershed which is 119.95 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (32.90%), agricultural (27.30%) and a mix of forest (18.10%) and other uses (21.70%). This watershed has 176.12 stream miles, 866.08 lake acres and 24,688.42 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.