Fish and Aquatic Life
Source: 1982, Surface Water Resources of Lincoln County Otter Lake, T34N, R8E, Sec. 7 Surface Acres = 34.1, Maximum Depth = 16 feet, Secchi Disc = 10 feet.
A very soft water drained lake having slightly acid, clear water of moderate transparency. The shoreline is 90 percent upland of hardwoods and conifer and 10 percent coniferous bog wetland. The littoral zone is 35 percent sand, 25 percent muck, 20 percent silt, 15 percent gravel and 5 percent rubble. The outlet flows to Green Meadow Creek. The fish species present include northern pike, perch, largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, black bullhead and golden shiner. Unimproved or difficult public access with parking is available from Lincoln County Forest land. There is a public campground and picnic area on the shoreline. The entire shoreline is Lincoln County Forest Land.
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
|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|
|1557000||Otter Lake||10017322||Otter Lake at Beach||6/4/2007||8/25/2008||Map||Data|
|1557000||Otter Lake||10003458||Otter Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Otter Lake is located in the Noisy and Pine Creeks watershed which is 179.35 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (59.60%), wetland (28.70%) and a mix of grassland (3.60%) and other uses (8.10%). This watershed has 175.54 stream miles, 2,718.23 lake acres and 25,929.55 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.