Fish and Aquatic Life
Hemptons Lake is a 10.4-acre seepage lake located in a terminal moraine. A small creek drains the lake to the north and joins the Branch River. The maximum depth is 18 feet. Total shoreline length is 0.57 miles and is all privately owned. There are seventy acres of adjoining wetlands. WDNR lacks sufficient data to make further recommendations for Hemptons Lake. Monitoring would provide basic trophic state information so that management decisions can be made to enhance lake health. Whitelaw sewage treatment plant discharges into one of the tributaries of Hemptons Lake.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1968, Surface Water Resources of Manitowoc County Hamptons Lake, T19N, R22E, Section 3 Surface acres = 10.4, S.D.F. = 1.30, Maximum depth = 18 feet.
A small, hard water seepage lake in terminal moraine northeast of Cato. The light brown water is of low transparency. Littoral material is muck. A small creek of low flow drains the lake to the north and joins the Branch River. Although winterkill is a use problem, largemouth bass, panfish, and northern pike are co=on. There are 70 acres of wooded wetland adjoining the lake. Wood ducks nest here and waterfowl make limited use of the lake in fall. Hunting is permitted. There are no dwellings on the lake and no public access is provided.
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|
|71700||Hempton Lake||363066||Hempton Lake - Deepest Part-Ep||3/14/1977||10/19/2000||Map||Data|
|71700||Hempton Lake||10003552||Hempton Lake||9/8/2000||8/30/2017||Map||Data|
Hempton Lake is located in the Branch River watershed which is 108.49 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (54.90%), grassland (21.90%) and a mix of wetland (15%) and other uses (8.10%). This watershed has 185.55 stream miles, 166.61 lake acres and 8,942.97 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.