Fish and Aquatic Life
Clam Lake, Lower, in the Clam River Watershed, is a 366.46 acre lake that falls in Burnett County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
The self-help monitoring program is in place on six lakes in the watershed. It is difficult to
prioritize participation in this program but any lake that has moderate development, a lake
organization or is potentially subject to water quality degradation is a likely candidate for this
program. In much the same way, participation in the lakes planning grants program is open to
almost any lake and the prioritization of these lakes may have to take place after grant
applications are received.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lower Clam Lake (WBIC 2655300) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. This lake was proposed for listing for Total Phosphorus, Excess Algal Growth, and Eutrophication.
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2655300||Lower Clam Lake||10029236||Lower Clam Lake at Center||4/27/2009||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2655300||Lower Clam Lake||10018161||Lower Clam Lake -- Clam Lake (Lower) Access||8/17/2005||7/25/2021||Map||Data|
|2655300||Lower Clam Lake||073158||Lower Clam Lake -- Hwy 70 Public Access Boat Landing||8/26/2007||6/12/2022||Map||Data|
|2654200||Clam River||10053992||Behind Big Mikes Baitshop||7/11/2020||7/18/2021||Map||Data|
|2655300||Lower Clam Lake||10001904||Lower Clam Lake||4/20/1995||8/11/2021||Map||Data|
Lower Clam Lake is located in the Clam River watershed which is 206.86 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (58.90%), wetland (20.10%) and a mix of grassland (8.80%) and other uses (12.20%). This watershed has 218.27 stream miles, 5,389.35 lake acres and 24,386.72 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.