Fish and Aquatic Life
Lower Bass Lake is a very soft water seepage lake having acid, clear water of moderate transparency. The immediate shoreline is predominantly upland (90%) of hardwoods and conifer with the remainder being wetland of bog, shrub, and conifer. The littoral materials are composed of sand (45%), silt (15%), muck (15%), gravel (12%), detritus (10%), and rubble (3%). The lake reportedly has a fish population of northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish. Submergent aquatic vegetation is moderate while emergent and flora t in g types are sparse. Shoreline developments include 11 dwellings, a boat rental and one resort. An unimproved public access is located on the west shore via a town road. Of the 4.03 miles of shoreline, 1.72 miles are public being in Langlade County Forest ownership.
Surface Acres = 89.1, Maximum Depth 19 feet, Secchi Disk I feet
Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Langlade County Lower Bass Lake T-33-N, R-10-E, Sec. 36,
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1002300||Lower Bass Lake||10003149||Lower Bass Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1002300||Lower Bass Lake||10020017||Lower Bass Lake -- Access||7/17/2020||7/17/2020||Map||Data|
|1002300||Lower Bass Lake||343040||Lower Bass Lake - Deep Hole||8/29/1979||8/29/1979||Map||Data|
Lower Bass Lake is located in the Upper Eau Claire River watershed which is 221.36 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (41.20%), wetland (33.40%) and a mix of agricultural (18.10%) and other uses (7.30%). This watershed has stream miles, lake acres and 40,234.77 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.