Fish and Aquatic Life
Fish Lake, in the Waupaca River Watershed, is a 12.42 acre lake that falls in Waushara County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Fish Lake is a small, landlocked, seepage lake which is the largest one of five small lakes located in the northeast quarter of the Town of Rose. The lake exhibits a slightly elongated basin. The fertility of the lake is very low and is characterized by alkaline waters. A thermocline develops during midsummer at nine feet. The lake has two distinct basins with a very small basin occupying about one-fifth of the area of the lake on the east end separated by shallow sand and marl bars. Encroachment of a spruce tamarack bog on the east end of the lake is gradually reducing the area of this minor basin. Approximately 40 percent of the shoreline has pronounced steep banks.
The general character of the lake basin may subject Fish Lake to partial winterkill. Although little is known about the fishery of this lake, small bluegills were observed along with unidentified forage minnows. Available spawning habitat for bluegills, largemouth bass and northern pike has been rated as good. The adjoining lands to this lake are under private ownership. An organizational camp (Camp Moshava) is located along the west shore where there are two dwellings and a boat landing. The recreational potential of the lake includes swimming, aesthetic and wildlife value. There is no public access to the lake. Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Waushara County Fish Lake (Near Wild Rose) T20N, R10E, Section 10 Surface Acres = 5.3, S.D.F. = 1.24, Maximum Depth = 20.0 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|
|186100||Fish Lake||10007432||Fish Lake (Town of Rose)||7/27/1999||7/1/2010||Map||Data|
Fish Lake is located in the Waupaca River watershed which is 290.77 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (43.70%), agricultural (30.40%) and a mix of grassland (14%) and other uses (11.80%). This watershed has 231.34 stream miles, 2,456.10 lake acres and 14,124.68 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.