Fish and Aquatic Life
Rice Lake, in the Tamarack Pioneer River Watershed, is a 79.02 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County Rice Lake T-40-N, R-9-E, Section 14, Area = 71 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 7 feet.
Rice Lake is a drainage lake of moderate fertility. It has light brown water of low transparency. Muck is the principal bottom material. Both the inlet and the outlet streams are considered navigable. The principal fish species present in the lake are muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass and pan fish. Access is possible to the lake by means of a county highway, however, this is without nearby parking. There is also, of course, navigable water access. Public use facilities consist of one resort. There are two cottages located on or about the shore line. The lake is of significance to puddle ducks, diving ducks and coots on the fall migration.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Rice Lake was evaluated in the 2022 cycle: phosphorus and chlorophyll levels were above listing thresholds as outlined in 2022 WisCALM. This lake was added to the 2022 Impaired Waters List.
Author Ashley Beranek
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.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Insufficient TP data to make an assessment for Rice Lake. More data is needed.
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|
|1618600||Rice Lake||10018283||Rice Lake -- Access at S Side Of Lake Nr Cth G||6/8/2021||6/8/2021||Map||Data|
|1618600||Rice Lake||10006178||Rice Lake||7/27/1999||5/1/2022||Map||Data|
|1618600||Rice Lake||10029957||Rice Lake - Center||6/23/2016||6/8/2022||Map||Data|
Rice Lake is located in the Tamarack Pioneer River watershed which is 209.26 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (69.20%), wetland (18.50%) and a mix of open (10%) and other uses (2.30%). This watershed has 183.22 stream miles, 14,006.68 lake acres and 23,826.05 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.