Fish and Aquatic Life
Lower Mccall Lake, in the Wolf River - Langlade and Evergreen Rive Watershed, is a 9.76 acre lake that falls in Menominee County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A medium hard water drainage lake having alkaline, light brown water of moderate transparency. Littoral material consists of muck. Bog mat borders the lake gradually changing to a woody wetland toward high ground. Inlet from McCall Lake is located on the north shore. The outlet stream flows to the Evergreen River. A mixed fish population of yellow perch, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, black bullhead, common sucker, common shiner, and brook trout comprise the fishery resource with yellow perch dominant. Although midsummer temperature profiles are favorable for cold- water species, the lake has an oxygen deficiency below the thermocline. The present trout population is probably derived from McCall Creek which flows through the lake and is a tributary of the Evergreen River. During the winter angling for trout has been popular. Present lake level (1960) is above normal due to a beaver dam on the outlet stream. Beaver and muskrat are significant fur bearers. Tertiary company road adjoins the lake. No developments are located on the shore line. Waterfowl make limited use of lake. Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Menominee County Lower McCall Lake - T-30-N, R-14-E, Section 24 Surface Area = 12.6 acres, S.D.F. = 1.52, Maximum Depth = 24 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
|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|
|358600||Lower McCall Lake||10003996||Lower McCall Lake||7/27/1999||9/3/2016||Map||Data|
Lower McCall Lake is located in the Wolf River - Langlade and Evergreen Rive watershed which is 179.74 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (82.90%), wetland (9%) and a mix of agricultural (4.90%) and other uses (3.20%). This watershed has 133.10 stream miles, 844.67 lake acres and 10,157.55 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.