Fish and Aquatic Life
Deer Lake, in the Lower Tomahawk River Watershed, is a 149.71 acre lake that falls in Lincoln County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1982, Surface Water Resources of Lincoln County Deer Lake, T35N, R6E, Sec. 2 Surface Acres = 152.1, Maximum Depth = 53 feet, Secchi Disc = 18 feet.
A soft water spring lake having slightly alkaline, clear water of high transparency. The shoreline is 97 percent upland and 3 percent wetland of the shrub bog type. Littoral zone bottom types are 75 percent sand, 20 percent gravel, 3 percent rubble and 2 percent boulder. The outlet, Deer Creek, flows to Bridge Lake and is navigable. Fish species include northern pike, walleye, perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and black crappie. The lake is used by spring and fall migratory waterfowl and possibly by nesting waterfowl. Public access is possible by navigable water (Deer Creek) from Bridge Lake. There are 38 dwellings, 1 unimproved private boat landing, and 1 private campground located on the shoreline.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|1519600||Deer Lake||353094||Deer Lake - Deep Hole Site #5||7/18/1979||2/20/2023||Map||Data|
|1519600||Deer Lake||10018636||Deer/Bridge Lake -- Access||7/2/2010||6/15/2022||Map||Data|
|1519600||Deer Lake||10003445||Deer Lake||7/27/1999||4/26/2023||Map||Data|
|1519600||Deer Lake||10019000||Deer Lake -- Access||11/29/2010||11/29/2010||Map||Data|
Deer Lake is located in the Lower Tomahawk River watershed which is 133.87 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (58.70%), wetland (29.50%) and a mix of open (7.50%) and other uses (4.20%). This watershed has 107.64 stream miles, 5,219.67 lake acres and 23,295.39 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Low for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.