Fish and Aquatic Life
This millpond is an impoundment of the Oconomowoc River and was created about 1850 to provide power for a lumber mill, which was listed as operative in 1955. In 1993, WDNR removed the control structure but left the earthen berm. The adjacent land has been purchased by Waukesha County and a portion of it has become part of the Ice Age Trail. Waterfowl and marsh fur bearers will likely make greater use of the area due to the a newly-created wetland adjacent to the stream channel.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Waukesha County Funks Millpond T8N, R18E, Section 15 Surface Acres = 31, S.D.F. = 2.14, Maximum Depth = 5 feet An impoundment of the Oconomowoc River created about 1850 to provide power for a lumber mill. The mill was listed as operative in 1955, however, presently is unoccupied. The lake shore remains undeveloped. Pan fish and an occasional northern pike constitute the fishery. Public access is not available. Waterfowl and marsh fur bearers make moderate use of the area and adjoining wetlands.
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|
|852200||Funks Millpond||10039868||Funks Millpond North Branch Oconomowoc River||4/14/1992||11/24/1998||Map||Data|
|852200||Funks Millpond||10007257||Funks Millpond||7/27/1999||7/27/1999||Map||Data|
|848200||Oconomowoc River||10016406||Oconomowoc River - Funk Road||10/1/1998||7/14/2017||Map||Data|
Funks Millpond is located in the Oconomowoc River watershed which is 130.86 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (24.90%), forest (19.70%) and a mix of wetland (16.90%) and other uses (38.40%). This watershed has 136.99 stream miles, 2,858.66 lake acres and 11,105.19 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.