Fish and Aquatic Life
Moccasin Lake, T38N, R11E, Section 9 Surface Acres = 84.3, S.D.F. = 1.40, Maximum Depth = 16 feet.
A soft water spring lake having slightly alkaline, clear water of low transparency. Sand is the predominant littoral material (70 percent) with muck (20 percent) and some gravel present. The shoreline is predominantly upland with a bog and coniferous wetland adjoining approximately 25 percent of the lake basin. Submergent vegetation is moderate in density. Muskellunge, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, rock bass and pumpkinseed are fish species found in this lake. Walleye are reported to have been present. The only means of public access is by navigating the outlet which flows to Spirit Lake. Nine dwellings are located on the lakeshore. Lake levels are maintained to some extend by the water control structure at the outlet of Long Lake having 9 feet of head. Considered to be part of the Three Lakes Chain, however, navigability is restricted due to small culverts at the outlet of Spirit Lake.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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.
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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|
|1612100||Moccasin Lake||10004583||Moccasin Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1612100||Moccasin Lake||443227||Moccasin Lake - Deep Hole||8/27/1979||2/20/2014||Map||Data|
Moccasin 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.