Fish and Aquatic Life
Virgin Lake, T38N, R11E, Section 11 Surface Acres = 265.6, S.D.F. = 1.49, Maximum Depth = 20 feet.
A soft water drainage lake having slightly alkaline clear water of moderate transparency. Sand is the principle littoral material (65 percent) with gravel (20 percent), muck (10 percent) and some rubble. Shoreline is predominantly upland (90 percent) with coniferous wetland adjoining limited portions of the lake basin. Fish species inhabiting this lake are muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, bluegill, crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, bullhead and sucker. Public access without parking and access of the navigable water type are available. Three resorts, one boat rental, 20 dwellings and an organizational camp are located on the shoreline.
Author Aquatic Biologist
This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; new fish tissue data indicates that this waterbody should be on the impaired waters list because of specific consumption advice for mercury.
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|
|1614100||Virgin Lake||10004589||Virgin Lake||4/13/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1614000||Unnamed||10036978||Julia Creek - Open Water||8/9/2010||9/26/2010||Map||Data|
|1614100||Virgin Lake||443283||Virgin Lake - Deep Hole||7/9/1979||5/16/2021||Map||Data|
Virgin 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.