Fish and Aquatic Life
Rice Lake, T39N, R10E, Section 34
Surface Acres = 118, S.D.F. = 1.25, Maximum Depth = 3 feet
A soft water drainage lake having slightly alkaline, medium
brown water of low transparency. Littoral materials consists of
muck. The entire shoreline is wetland of the bog and meadow type
with some coniferous trees. Floating and submergent vegetation is
moderate in density. Emergent vegetation consisting primarily of
wild rice is dense. Northern pike, walleye, perch, bluegill,
crappie, bullhead and sucker are fish species inhabiting this lake.
Due to its shallow depth and extensive development of aquatic
vegetation, fishing would be most difficult, thus the lake's best
use is that of waterfowl production and utilization. Public access
with parking is available. No developments are located on the
shoreline. Mallard, black duck, blue-winged teal, wood duck, hooded
merganser and loon use this lake as a nesting site. Puddle ducks,
diving ducks, coot and Canada geese utilize this lake on their
spring and fall migrations. Lake levels are maintained by a water
control structure of 1- 1/2 head feed on the outlet stream. This
lake is within the boundaries of the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area.
It was designated a state scientific area in 1965 due to its
outstanding aquatic vegetation and waterfowl populations.
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.
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|
|1617200||Rice Lake||443371||Rice Lake - Deep Hole||Map||Data|
|1617200||Rice Lake||443353||Rice Lake - Deep Hole||6/24/2015||7/30/2020||Map||Data|
|1617200||Rice Lake||10004594||Rice Lake||7/27/1999||7/30/2020||Map||Data|
Rice Lake is located in the Sugar Camp Creek watershed which is 187.99 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (58.50%), wetland (24.70%) and a mix of open (13.40%) and other uses (3.50%). This watershed has 123.61 stream miles, 11,669.73 lake acres and 30,139.17 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.