Fish and Aquatic Life
McDill Pond is a hard water impoundment on the Plover River in the Village of Whiting. Sand is the primary bottom material with gravel and silt also present. The river is navigable above and below the dam. The fishery consists of northern pike, perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed, black bullhead, carp, white sucker, and forage species. The pond was slated to be chemically treated to remove an undesirable rough fish population, but local opposition was too great and the project cancelled. It is used by migrating and nesting, waterfowl, however, the close proximity to the city minimizes hunting possibilities. Over forty homes have been built on the pond and more are being built. There is one resort present. A city road with boat ramp and limited parking is located on the north side while near the dan a second city site with boat launch and parking, is present. No beach is present, but many people use the site near the dam and the many private beaches round the pond for swimming. Swimming, boating, and fishing are the major uses of this pond.
Source: 1972, Surface Water Resources of Portage County McDill Pond, T23N, R8E, Sections Many, Surface Acres-261, S.D.F.- 5.04, Maximum Depth-15 feet
Author Aquatic Biologist
McDill Pond (1403200) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water is meeting these designated uses and is not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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.
ATTAINS Water Identified for Protection
Portage County seeks to implement Phase 4 of its lake management planning efforts for 17 lakes in Portage County to help facilitate county-wide lake protection planning. Major project elements to include: 1) individual lake resident/user surveys and plan development, 2) web-based reporting system, 3) build-out assessment and predictive modeling, 4) development of guide for local boards and commissions, 5) final project report.
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|
|1403200||McDill Pond||503127||Mcdill Pond - Upper (Flowage)||7/28/1992||5/5/1993||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||10005070||McDill Pond||1/11/1990||12/7/2017||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||10017743||McDill Pond -- Access at The End Of Heffron St||5/24/2008||8/9/2008||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||10045531||Phragmites Occurrence - McDill Pond||6/12/2015||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||503129||Mcdill Pond Chan - Bl Heffron St||7/28/1992||5/5/1993||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||503126||McDill Pond - Deep Hole - Mid 1/2 Up Dam||6/11/1992||8/25/2019||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||503128||Mcdill Pond Chan - Above Heffron St||7/28/1992||5/5/1993||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||10017739||McDill Pond -- Access - Whiting - Near Post Rd||6/7/2003||7/7/2019||Map||Data|
|1403000||Plover River Flowage||10036940||Plover River - Open Water Portion||6/22/2010||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||503125||Mcdill Pond - Deep Hole||7/28/1992||8/31/2000||Map||Data|
|1403200||McDill Pond||503131||Mc Dill Pond - Rr Crossing||7/28/1992||9/30/1992||Map||Data|
McDill Pond is located in the Plover and Little Plover Rivers watershed which is 202.19 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (41.70%), agricultural (23.60%) and a mix of wetland (18%) and other uses (16.60%). This watershed has stream miles, lake acres and 22,761.70 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.