Fish and Aquatic Life
Blue Mountain (Goerke) Lake, in the Lower Little Wolf River Watershed, is a 8.17 acre lake that falls in Waupaca County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Muck and sand are the major littoral bottom materials of this landlocked lake containing soft, clear water. Bullheads are the only fish found in appreciable numbers. Severe winterkills occur almost every year thereby precluding past various attempts to initiate a good fishery have met with failure. In 1964 the lake was unsuccessfully treated with fish toxicants to remove the bullheads. Northern pike and perch stocked did not survive. Puddle ducks use the lake as a resting area during spring and fall migrations. This lake supports a significant population of muskrats. Hunting and trapping is allowed. Twelve cottages are present. An unimproved public access is located on the east side. Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Waupaca County Blue Mountain (Goerke) Lake, T24N, R12E, Section 13 Surface Acres = 8.4, S.D.F. = 1.21, Maximum Depth = 8 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|182400||Blue Mountain Lake||693171||Blue Mountain Lake - Middle||6/29/1996||8/27/2009||Map||Data|
|182400||Blue Mountain Lake||10019366||Blue Mountain Lake -- Access||Map||Data|
|182400||Blue Mountain Lake||10022213||Blue Mountain Lake||Map||Data|
Blue Mountain Lake is located in the Lower Little Wolf River watershed which is 153.60 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (33.10%), forest (28.50%) and a mix of wetland (22.20%) and other uses (16.20%). This watershed has 189.20 stream miles, 1,038.51 lake acres and 21,932.16 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.