Fish and Aquatic Life
Lake Thirty is an acid, bog lake with an outlet feeder to Paradise Creek. The normal outlet flow is estimated to be 1.5 cubic feet per second. Only largemouth bass and panfish are present. The shoreline vegetation is 80 percent black spruce and tamarack bog and 20 percent upland hardwood. The littoral bottom material is entirely muck and supports only a few aquatic plants. Furbearer use is not significant. Migratory waterfowl use is limited to a few puddle and diving ducks during the migratory seasons. Mallards, blue-winged teal, and wood ducks have been known to use the lake for nesting. There is a wilderness-type access available to the public over federal and state land. Public frontage amounts to 0.15 miles of State land. Shoreline development consists of one private boat landing on the south shore and a boat rental.
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Taylor County Lake Thirty, T32N, R1W, Section 30 Surface Acres = 19.4, Maximum Depth = 42 feet, M.P.A. = 4 ppm, Secchi Disk = 2 feet.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1762500||Lake Thirty||10005846||Lake Thirty||8/8/2001||9/2/2016||Map||Data|
Lake Thirty is located in the Trappers and Pine Creeks watershed which is 134.31 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (38.80%), wetland (27.80%) and a mix of agricultural (23.50%) and other uses (9.80%). This watershed has 181.16 stream miles, 550.88 lake acres and 15,489.14 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.