Fish and Aquatic Life
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Taylor County South Harper Lake, T33N, R2E, Section 11
A very soft water, seepage lake having slightly acid, clear water. There is an intermittent outlet to North Harper Lake. Muskellunge, walleye, largemouth bass perch, bluegills, black crappies, pumpkinseeds, green sunfish, black bullheads, carp, and white suckers are present. Slow-growing panfish are a management problem. The shoreline vegetation is 90 percent upland hardwood and one small area of tag alder wetland. The littoral bottom material is 50 percent sand, 40 percent gravel, and 10 percent rubble. Muskrat use is not significant but beaver are present. Mallards and wood ducks use the lake shore for nesting. Migratory waterfowl use is limited to a few puddle and diving ducks during the spring and fall migrations. There is a public access located on the northwest corner of the lake. There is one boat rental place and 16 dwellings along the lake shore.
Surface Acres = 79.7, Maximum Depth = 32 feet, M.P.A. = 13 ppm
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
South Harper 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|
|2204100||South Harper Lake||10014700||South Harper Lake - Beach||5/23/2007||8/10/2020||Map||Data|
|2204100||South Harper Lake||10005818||South Harper Lake||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2204100||South Harper Lake||10020418||South Harper Lake -- Ramp||9/9/2013||7/8/2015||Map||Data|
South Harper Lake is located in the Upper South Fork Jump River watershed which is 322.41 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56.60%), wetland (34.60%) and a mix of grassland (5.20%) and other uses (3.50%). This watershed has 396.77 stream miles, 1,735.99 lake acres and 55,733.47 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.