Fish and Aquatic Life
Spring Lake (Spirit), in the Big Green Lake Watershed, is a 62.19 acre lake that falls in Green Lake County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Green Lake County Spring (Spirit) Lake T-15-N, R-13-E, Section 7 Surface Acres = 75.0; S.D.F. = 1.24 Maximum Depth = 39 feet.
Spring Lake is a hard water marl lake separated from Big Green Lake by a narrow ridge. The lake is spring fed and the outlet, Spring Creek provides a continual flow into Big Green Lake. Marl and sand are the major bottom materials present. Muck is also present in lesser amounts. Developments consist of one organizational camp and a public access with parking and cement plank boat ramp. The land along the access road has been subdivided. One boat rental is located on the south shore. The fishery consists of northern pike, walleye, perch, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, yellow bullhead, carp, and white sucker. Due to the heavy marl areas and corresponding lack of vegetation the lake does not support a large fish population, although those present do attain desirable size. Interested residents are attempting to preserve the lake in its present, relatively undeveloped state. Game values are limited and no hunting is allowed in the area of the private camp.
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.
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment, Inventory
Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written
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|
|148100||Spring Lake||10002714||Spring Lake / Spirit Lake (Township of Green Lake)||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|148100||Spring Lake||243019||Spring Lake - Deepest Part-Ep||6/23/1987||10/25/2016||Map||Data|
|148100||Spring Lake||243033||Spring (Spirit) Lake - Deep Hole||Map||Data|
|148100||Spring Lake||10019207||Spring (Spirit) Lake -- Access||5/26/2011||5/26/2011||Map||Data|
|148100||Spring Lake||243055||Spring Lake - Deep Hole North Side||Map||Data|
Spring Lake is located in the Big Green Lake watershed which is 107.31 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (54.10%), open (12%) and a mix of grassland (10.10%) and other uses (23.70%). This watershed has 141.08 stream miles, 655.29 lake acres and 5,102.67 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available 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.