Fish and Aquatic Life
This 63 acre seepage lake has an intermittent outlet to Grassy Knoll Lake and the Washington Creek drainage. A seepage lake does not have an inlet or an outlet, and only occasionally overflows. The principal source of water is precipitation or runoff, supplemented by groundwater. Since seepage lakes commonly reflect groundwater levels and rainfall patterns, water levels may fluctuate seasonally. A fish consumption advisory for largemouth bass and walleye exists on Sackett Lake (WDNR). Additional numbers of these species should be collected for analysis of fish tissue to confirm or find new trends in mercury levels (Amrhein).
Sackett Lake is heavily developed with cottages. A county park with swimming facilities is located on the northeast shore. No lake organization presently exists. Comprehensive water quality data is lacking for this lake (Ryan).
Author Aquatic Biologist
Sackett Lake soft water, seepage with an intermittent outlet to Grassy Knoll Lake. The fish population consists of northern pike, walleyes, largemouth, bass, perch, black crappies, rock bass, pumpkinseeds, and white suckers. The bluegills have tended to overpopulate the lake, and as a result they are slow-growing. The shoreline vegetation is about 80 percent upland hardwood, 15 percent upland conifer, and five percent swamp conifer. The littoral zone is made up of a variety of materials. About 40 percent is rubble, 30 percent sand, 20 percent gravel, five percent boulder, and five percent detritus and muck. There is a moderate amount of aquatic vegetation. Furbearer use is not significant, and waterfowl use is minor. There is a county-owned access area with parking on the northeast shore. There are facilities in this area for swimming and picnicking. The total public frontage amounts to 0.07 miles. Private development consists of one resort and 35 cottages on the lake shore.
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Taylor County Sackett Lake, T32N, R1W, Section 36 Surface Acres = 63.3, Maximum Depth = 32 feet, M.P.A. = 11 ppm, Secchi Disk = 6 feet.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Sackett Lake Beach was assessed for the 2018 listing cycle; E. coli data sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use. This beach was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
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|
|1764500||Sackett Lake||10005821||Sackett Lake||8/29/2000||9/2/2016||Map||Data|
|1764500||Sackett Lake||10014701||Sackett Lake - Beach||5/23/2007||8/10/2020||Map||Data|
|1764500||Sackett Lake||10043959||Sackett Lake Recreation Area Landing||6/27/2015||6/15/2018||Map||Data|
Sackett Lake is located in the Black and Little Black Rivers watershed which is 160.81 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (32.40%), forest (30.10%) and a mix of agricultural (24.40%) and other uses (13.10%). This watershed has 211.97 stream miles, 505.95 lake acres and 23,424.34 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.