Fish and Aquatic Life
Planting Ground Lake, T39N, R11E, Section 30
A soft water drainage lake having neutral, clear water of moderate transparency. Sand is the predominant littoral material (70 percent) with gravel (13 percent) and muck. The shoreline is predominantly upland (95 percent) with a bog and coniferous wetland adjoining a limited portion of the lake basin. Submergent vegetation is moderate in density. Fish inhabiting this lake are muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, bluegill, crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, bullhead and sucker. The only means of public access is by navigating either the major inlet or outlet streams. Six resorts and 122 dwellings are located on the shoreline. Water levels are maintained by a water control structure on the outlet of Long Lake of nine feet head. Part of the Three Lakes Chain. Mallards utilize this lake for a nesting site.
Surface Acres = 1,014.7, S.D.F. = 2.67, Maximum Depth = 18 feet
Author Aquatic Biologist
Planting Ground Lake (1609100) was placed on the impaired waters list due to Mercury in fish tissue in 2012. This water is impaired for Fish Consumption use; a special consumption advisory is in effect for Planting Ground Lake. This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll sample data were clearly below FAL use listing thresholds and did not exceed REC listing thresholds. This water is considered to be meeting both Recreation and Fish and Aquatic Life uses.
Author Aaron Larson
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.
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|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||10053054||Planting Ground Lake Southwest||8/4/2015||8/4/2015||Map||Data|
|1609000||Long Lake||10004264||Long Lake(3 Lakes Chain)||7/27/1999||4/1/2021||Map||Data|
|1599500||Eagle River||10004264||Long Lake(3 Lakes Chain)||7/27/1999||4/1/2021||Map||Data|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||10029007||Planting Ground Lake - East ||5/16/2008||8/30/2008||Map||Data|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||10029008||Planting Ground Lake - West||9/25/2004||8/22/2010||Map||Data|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||10004273||Planting Ground Lake||7/27/1999||7/19/2019||Map||Data|
|5003940||Unnamed||10053013||NE Planting Ground Lake and Unnamed||7/11/2019||7/30/2021||Map||Data|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||10053055||Planting Ground Lake at Cy Williams Rd bridge||8/4/2015||8/4/2015||Map||Data|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||443242||Planting Ground Lake - East Lobe-Deep Hole||7/9/1979||8/25/2021||Map||Data|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||443406||Planting Ground Lake - West Lobe||7/23/1993||9/22/2020||Map||Data|
|1609100||Planting Ground Lake||444025||Planting Ground Lake - Planting Ground Lake||8/21/1979||7/14/2016||Map||Data|
Planting Ground 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.