Fish and Aquatic Life
Butler Lake, in the East and West Branches Milwaukee River Watershed, is a 4.76 acre lake that falls in Sheboygan County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1968, Surface Water Resources of Sheboygan County Butler Lake T14N, R20E, Section 20 (11, 12) Surface Acres = 7, S.D.F. = 1.26, Maximum Depth = 12.5 feet.
A small, very fertile, drainage lake located entirely in the Kettle Moraine State Forest with an outlet flowing into the east branch of the Milwaukee River. An esker is present on the west side of the lake. Bog encroachment from the east and south is seriously threatening the existence of the lake, so that it is now "L-shaped" in appearance. The productive waters of the lake support a good population of largemouth bass, panfish and rainbow trout. In peak years fishing pressure is very heavy. The surrounding habitat is utilized by aquatic furbearers and nesting and migratory waterfowl. The area has excellent esthetic values. Flynn Springs, formerly trout water, serves as an inlet to the lake. Partial winterkill has occurred. Public access with parking and a gravel ramp is available.
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|
|38500||Butler Lake||10014622||Butler Lake||8/3/2007||6/26/2014||Map||Data|
|38500||Butler Lake||603310||Butler Lake - Deep Hole||8/20/1985||2/11/1986||Map||Data|
|38500||Butler Lake||10017683||Butler Lake -- Access at Very N Side Of Lake ||3/30/2012||10/26/2021||Map||Data|
Butler Lake is located in the East and West Branches Milwaukee River watershed which is 266.00 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (35.50%), wetland (19.20%) and a mix of forest (17.90%) and other uses (27.40%). This watershed has 312.44 stream miles, 2,023.13 lake acres and 32,107.47 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.