Fish and Aquatic Life
Kating Lake, in the South Branch Little Wolf River Watershed, is a 16.43 acre lake that falls in Waupaca County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Kating Lake is a landlocked seepage basin containing turbid, medium hard water. Muck and marl are the predominant littoral bottom materials, however enough exposed gravel is present to provide adequate largemouth bass spawning areas. Fish present are largemouth bass, perch, and brown bullhead. Northern pike are also present, but in fewer numbers. Occasional partial winterkill occurs. Bluewing teal nest here and puddle ducks use the lake as a resting area during spring and fall migrations. Hunting is allowed on the lake. The Town of Iola has developed a park and swimming beach on the northeast shore of Kating Lake.
A boat landing with adequate parking facilities has been incorporated into the park. Additional access without parking is available from State Highway 161. One cottage is present near the lake. Recreational use of Kating Lake is limited by heavy algae blooms and dense growth of aquatic vegetation. In the past, the lake has been treated with herbicide for control of the aquatic vegetation. Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Waupaca County Kating Lake, T24N, R11E, Section 36--14, Surface Acres = 17.3; S.D.F. = 1.13, Maximum Depth = 18 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|
|189100||Kating Lake||693190||Kating Lake - Deep Hole||4/19/2000||10/29/2005||Map||Data|
|189100||Kating Lake||10007280||Kating Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Kating Lake is located in the South Branch Little Wolf River watershed which is 160.29 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (42.40%), agricultural (23%) and a mix of wetland (18.40%) and other uses (16.10%). This watershed has 166.00 stream miles, 2,070.64 lake acres and 19,091.22 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, High for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.