Fish and Aquatic Life
, in the Upper Tomahawk River Watershed, is a 524.22 acre lake that falls in Oneida County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1966, Surface Water Resources of Oneida County Katherine Lake, T38N, R6E, Section 2 Surface Acres = 555, S.D.F. = 3.30, Maximum Depth = 32 feet.
A very soft water seepage lake having slightly alkaline, clear water of high transparency. Sand is the predominant littoral material (55 percent) with rubble (20 percent), gravel (13 percent) with some boulders and muck present. The shoreline is predominantly upland (95 percent) with wetland of the shrub and coniferous type adjoining a limited portion of the lake basin. Muskellunge, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, bluegill, crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, bullhead, cisco and suckers inhabit the lake. Public access with parking is available. A public wayside and picnic site are also located on this lake. Four resorts and 99 dwellings border the lake. A man-made canal from Katherine Lake to Tomahawk Lake exists; however, due to a difference in elevations, a dam of two head feet is maintained at the Tomahawk Lake end of this canal. When water conditions permit, it is possible to use this canal to gain access to either of these lakes; however, the boat lift over the dam is of poor design.
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.
County Land and Water Management Plan
Town of Hazelhurst proposes to develop a comprehensive land use plan and implementation strategies to address the land and water issues in the Town. The Town proposes to work closely with Oneida County's lake classification program to create a land use plan that matches appropriate land uses with the specific class of lakes in the watershed.
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|
|1543300||Katherine Lake||10018891||Katherine Lake -- Access||5/7/2005||7/18/2021||Map||Data|
|1543300||Katherine Lake||443128||Katherine Lake - Deep Hole||8/15/1973||8/29/2018||Map||Data|
|1543300||Katherine Lake||10045475||Phragmites Occurrence - Katherine Lake||6/12/2015||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1543300||Katherine Lake||10038249||Katherine Lake Nearshore Site||Map||Data|
|1543300||Katherine Lake||10004278||Katherine Lake||7/27/1999||6/21/2019||Map||Data|
Katherine Lake is located in the Upper Tomahawk River watershed which is 186.83 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (67%), wetland (16%) and a mix of open (14%) and other uses (3.10%). This watershed has 139.00 stream miles, 17,609.90 lake acres and 20,470.21 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.