Fish and Aquatic Life
Statenaker Lake, in the Bear River Watershed, is a 204.49 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County Statehouse Lake, T-42-N, R-5-E, Section 5,
Statehouse Lake is an infertile seepage lake, having clear, acid water of moderate transparency. The bottom consists of sand and muck with some gravel present. The principal fishery in this lake is of the pan fish type, however, they are considered to be stunted. Northern pike are also known to exist in this water. Access is available to the public by use of either a town road with parking facilities or the wilderness type access over state land. The aesthetic qualities are good. A conservation youth camp has been located on its shores. Statenaker Lake, T-41-N, R-6-E, Section 32, Area = 202 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 50 feet Statenaker Lake is a seepage lake of moderate fertility,having clear, slightly alkaline water of high transparency. The bottom consists of sand and muck with some gravel present. The muskellunge, walleye, largemouth bass and pan fish are the principal fish species in this lake. There is no public access of any type on this water. There are five cottages located on the shore line.
Area = 23 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 18 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|
|1883800||Statenaker Lake||10006290||Statenaker Lake||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|1883800||Statenaker Lake||643259||Statenaker Lake - Deep Hole||7/18/1984||7/18/1984||Map||Data|
Statenaker Lake is located in the Bear River watershed which is 145.45 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48.20%), wetland (32.30%) and a mix of open (17.90%) and other uses (1.70%). This watershed has 109.53 stream miles, 16,823.52 lake acres and 30,671.84 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.