Fish and Aquatic Life
, in the Eagle River Watershed, is a 191.72 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County
Birch (Yellow) Lake, T-40-N, R-10-E, Sections 21 and 22,
Area = 185 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 14 feet
A moderately fertile drainage lake, Yellow Birch has clear
water of moderate transparency. Low transparency readings
sometimes occur, due to the algal response to the lake's fertility.
The bottom material is principally sand and gravel with some
rockand muck also present. Both the inlet and the outlet of the
lake are considered to be freely navigable, as the lake is part of
the Eagle Chain. The lake is considered to be a
muskellunge-walleye lake with walleyes abundant. Largemouth bass
are also a common species in the lake. Crayfish are a current
problem in this lake. Public use opportunities are good. Access
is possible by a city landing and there are two resorts on the
shore of the lake. There are 38 dwellings or cottages along the
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|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||643119||Yellow Birch Lake - Deep Hole||7/10/1979||2/20/2006||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10040193||Yellow Birch Lake sediment pore water sampling site D3||6/3/2013||6/3/2013||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10028828||Yellow Birch Lake South Bay Littoral Zone (A 08#1)||6/3/2008||6/30/2008||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||643432||Yellow Birch - Southern Lobe||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10028832||Yellow Birch Lake South Bay Littoral Zone (A 08#5)||6/3/2008||2/5/2018||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10028830||Yellow Birch Lake South Bay Littoral Zone (A 08#3)||6/3/2008||6/30/2008||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10006018||Yellow Birch Lake||6/1/1992||5/24/2021||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10028831||Yellow Birch Lake South Bay Littoral Zone (A 08#4)||6/3/2008||6/30/2008||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10028829||Yellow Birch Lake South Bay Littoral Zone (A 08#2)||6/3/2008||6/30/2008||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||643431||Yellow Birch - East Side Deep Sp||6/3/2008||6/30/2008||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||643180||Yellow Birch Lake at Max Depth||7/7/1992||9/18/2021||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10040194||Yellow Birch Lake Sediment pore water sampling site D4||6/3/2013||6/3/2013||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10040191||Yellow Birch Lake sediment pore water sampling site D1||6/3/2013||6/3/2013||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10040192||Yellow Birch Lake sediment pore water sampling site D2||6/3/2013||6/3/2013||Map||Data|
|1599600||Yellow Birch Lake||10018821||Yellow Birch Lake -- Access||5/21/2005||8/21/2021||Map||Data|
Yellow Birch Lake is located in the Eagle River watershed which is 181.70 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (55.60%), wetland (28%) and a mix of open (12.90%) and other uses (3.50%). This watershed has 146.13 stream miles, 15,720.03 lake acres and 32,094.84 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.