Fish and Aquatic Life
Cable Lake, in the Lower Namekagon River Watershed, is a 179.12 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County Cable Lake, T39N, R12, 13W, Section 13, 18,
A soft water, seepage lake, it is landlocked and located in an area of glacial and moraine near Spooner. The present fishery consists of walleyes, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, perch, white suckers, and fewer numbers of smallmouth bass, rock bass and bullheads. Minnow species present include golden shiner, common shiner, mudminnows and johnny darters. Cable Lake had nearly a complete winter fish kill in 1964-65, but that is the only year it has been observed. Somewhat low water levels and unusually bad ice conditions contributed to this mortality. Much of the lake is normally ten feet deep or less. The deeper basin of the lake is located centrally off the west shore. Almost 90 percent of the lakeshore is wooded. upland. Scattered wetlands of tamarack-leatherleaf bog and sedge meadow border the south shore and some tag alder swampland is found off the east shore. The bottom type along shore is mostly sand and gravel with muck and detritusoff the wetland shores. Forty-three acres of wetlands provide nesting habitat for mallards, wood ducks, and loon. Muskrats are also common. This clear water lake has a large amount of private development for its size with 3 resorts, a campground and 35 cottages and homes. A public access is located on the east side at the end of a town road. The only other public frontage is the three state-owned islands for a total public frontage of 0.2 mile.
Surface Acres-185.3, Maximum Depth-24 feet, M.P.A.-25 ppm, Secchi Disk-8 feet
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|
|2456100||Cable Lake||663160||Cable Lake - Deep Hole||8/11/2002||9/9/2002||Map||Data|
|2456100||Cable Lake||10006901||Cable Lake||9/5/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
|2456100||Cable Lake||10018135||Cable Lake -- Access at End Sunset Ln Near Campground||11/13/2006||6/1/2014||Map||Data|
Cable Lake is located in the Lower Namekagon River watershed which is 239.34 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (73.10%), wetland (15.20%) and a mix of open (7.40%) and other uses (4.40%). This watershed has 172.53 stream miles, 12,590.30 lake acres and 21,781.64 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.