Fish and Aquatic Life
Bakkens Pond is a drained flowage created by an earthen dike with an eight-foot head on the floodplain of the Wisconsin River located 1.5 miles east of Lone Rock. The dike was constructed by the Department of Natural Resources to control water levels for waterfowl management. Due to rapid spring runoff in 1969 portions of the dike were destroyed and had to be repaired. During periods of high water the Wisconsin River inundates the pond and brings in both rough and game fish. Average depth of the pond is 3.0 feet and maximum depth is 6.0 feet. Due to the shallow depth partial winterkill limits the sport fishery of bluegills and crappies. Northern pike, smallmouth bass and green sunfish are also present. Carp, buffalo and white suckers are common but are not considered a management problem. The pond and adjacent uplands provide excellent nesting sites for wood ducks, mallards, and teal. Other game assets include muskrats, beaver, mink, deer, raccoon, rabbits, squirrels, ruffed grouse and pheasants. The entire pond lies within Public Hunting and Fishing Grounds and 768 acres of timber swamp and shallow marsh is found adjoining it to the south and east. Public frontage totals 1.25 miles and a boat launching ramp is available on the northwestern shore.
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Sauk County Bakkens Pond, T8N R3E Sec. 9 Surface area 14.08 acres, S.D.F. = 2.38, Maximum depth-6 feet.
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|
|1236900||Bakkens Pond||10030014||Bakkens Pond shoreline near outlet||5/14/2009||3/5/2015||Map||Data|
|1236900||Bakkens Pond||10029026||Bakkens Pond - Center||8/6/2008||9/9/2015||Map||Data|
|1236900||Bakkens Pond||10005439||Bakkens Pond||6/30/1976||9/11/2011||Map||Data|
Bakkens Pond is located in the Bear Creek watershed which is 136.54 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (46.40%), agricultural (24.60%) and a mix of grassland (15.20%) and other uses (13.80%). This watershed has 236.07 stream miles, 119.46 lake acres and 6,798.61 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.