Fish and Aquatic Life
Lake Content, in the St. Germain River Watershed, is a 239.00 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County Content Lake, T-40-N, R-8-E, Sections 28 and 29,
Content Lake is a seepage lake of moderate fertility. It has alkaline, clear water of moderate transparency. Sand is the principal bottom material. It is connected by a channel to Big St. Germain Lake. This channel is freely navigable except that water levels are maintained by a dam during the winter months only. Bass, northern pike, walleyes and pan fish are the principal fish species of Content Lake. The lake has suffered at least one partial winterkill and weeds are somewhat Of a problem. At present, the only form of public access is through navigable water but there is one resort with boat rentals supplying some public use possibilities. The lake is of little significance to fur bearers; however, the lake is used as a nesting site by mallard and black ducks and is used by both diving ducks and puddle ducks on their spring and fall migration. The aesthetic quality of this lake is good.
Area = 244 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 13-1/2 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lake Content was put on the impaired waters list in 2014 for phosphorus and excess algal growth.
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.
County Land and Water Management Plan
Town of St. Germain proposes an extensive land and water resource protection program that includes the areas in and around Big and Little St. Germain, Lost Lake and other area water resources. This project will be a broad based long term cooperative planning effort involving the St. Germain Planning Committee, town officials, UW-Extension office and concerned citizens.
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|
|1592000||Lake Content||10006154||Lake Content||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1592000||Lake Content||643453||Lake Content - Deep Hole||8/28/1995||8/20/2019||Map||Data|
|1592000||Lake Content||10033927||Lake Content -- Private Access - NE off Forest Dr.||6/14/2011||6/14/2011||Map||Data|
Lake Content is located in the St. Germain River watershed which is 70.11 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (74.60%), open (13.90%) and a mix of wetland (10.70%) and other uses (0.80%). This watershed has 39.57 stream miles, 3,101.31 lake acres and 5,357.65 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.