Fish and Aquatic Life
Schoenick Creek is a seven-mile, hardwater, warmwater forage fishery discharging to the Wolf River. It begins at Long Lake and flows through Schoenick Lake before draining to the Wolf River.
Bougie, Cheryl A., Kosmond, Lisa D, and Watermolen, Dreux J. 1996. Wolf River Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cheryl Bougie
Source: 1968, Surface Water Resources of Shawano County Schoenick Lake, T26N, R15E, Section 26 Surface Acres = 30.0, S.D.F. = 1.43, Maximum Depth = 34 feet.
A hard water drainage lake having slightly alkaline, very light brown water of low transparency. Littoral materials consist of sand (52 percent), muck (45 percent), and some gravel. The shoreline is predominantly upland (65 percent) with the balance being wetland of the shrub and coniferous type. Northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, black crappie, pumpkinseed, black bullhead, carp, white sucker and bowfin are fish species inhabiting this lake. Carp are considered to be a problem species. Puddle and diving ducks use this lake on their spring and fall migrations. The only means of public access would be that of navigating the outlet stream into this lake. Commercial facilities consist of a boat rental. There are 4 dwellings and a farm located on the shoreline. The outlet, Schoenick Creek, is a tributary to the Wolf River.
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|
|321100||Schoenick Lake||593155||Schoenick Lake at Deep Hole||7/9/2019||9/27/2020||Map||Data|
|321100||Schoenick Lake||10052906||Schoenick Lake Inlet||7/9/2019||8/29/2019||Map||Data|
|321100||Schoenick Lake||10052693||Schoenick Creek at Outlet of Schoenick Lake||Map||Data|
|321100||Schoenick Lake||10005726||Schoenick Lake||7/27/1999||8/29/2019||Map||Data|
|321000||Schoenick Creek||10052693||Schoenick Creek at Outlet of Schoenick Lake||Map||Data|
Schoenick Lake is located in the Middle Wolf River watershed which is 133.78 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (36.10%), agricultural (30.80%) and a mix of forest (18.90%) and other uses (14.40%). This watershed has 209.37 stream miles, 384.45 lake acres and 30,112.00 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.