Fish and Aquatic Life
Stone Lake, in the Couderay River Watershed, is a 489.90 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 under the Fisheries Program. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County Stone Lake, T39N, R1OW, Section 23, 24, 25, 26,
A soft water, seepage lake on the east edge of the county. It is a clear water, landlocked lake. Its fishery is made up ofwalleyes, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegills, perch, black crappies, pumpkinseeds, rock bass, white suckers and carp. It is questionable whether carp have been a detriment to the lake. Aquatic vegetation growth has always been rather sparse here. An increase in the modest, midsummer algal bloom has probably occurred. Little Stone Lake and an unnamed pond off the southeast shore connect directly to Stone Lake by wide channels, and nearby Spring Lake contributes an intermittent flow to Stone Lake during heavy runoffs. There are no wetlands directly on the lake but a tamarack bog drains into the lake on the southeast shore. The shoreline is upland and wooded along most of it. The Village of Stone Lake is situated on the east shore. Roads encircle the lake except on the northeast shore where the "Soo" Line tracks are located. The littoral bottom is all hard materials of sand, gravel and boulder. It is a single basined, pear-shaped lake with a shallower rocky shoal area with 18-foot depths in the north central part. A few muskrats and nesting mallards and wood ducks use the lake. Other migratory waterfowl including coot and Canada geese may also be found here in spring and fall. A public access is located on the east shore at the end of a town road and an access site with limited roadway parking is located off the northwest shore. The lake has no other public frontage than the access sites. Private lakeshore development is extensive with 60 cottages and homes around the lake.
Surface Acres-523.4, Maximum Depth-49 feet, M.P.A.-16 ppm
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Stone Lake (WBIC 1884100) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and the Fish and Aquatic Life use. For the Fish Consumption use, new fish tissue analysis showed no need for specific fish consumption advisories for this lake. This water was meeting these designated uses and not considered impaired.
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.
The Town of Stone Lake is proposing to purchase 17.42 acres of land which includes 12.42 acres of upland and 5 acres of wetland. The long term intent for use of this property includes use of the wetland for capture of stormwater runoff from the Town of Stone Lake and use of the uplands as a green space within the town and to act as a wetland buffer from commercial development in the area.
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|
|1884100||Stone Lake||10053117||Big and Little Stone Lake||7/14/2015||7/14/2015||Map||Data|
|1884100||Stone Lake||10018281||Stone Lake -- Access||9/11/2003||9/7/2020||Map||Data|
|1884100||Stone Lake||10006781||Stone Lake||4/8/1987||8/4/2020||Map||Data|
|1884100||Stone Lake||664019||Little Stone Lake - Little Stone Lake||7/17/1979||7/17/1979||Map||Data|
|1884100||Stone Lake||663051||Stone Lake - Deep Hole||6/29/1987||9/12/2021||Map||Data|
|1884100||Stone Lake||663106||Stone Lake - Deep Hole||9/17/1998||9/17/1998||Map||Data|
Stone Lake is located in the Couderay River watershed which is 212.25 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.90%), wetland (13.50%) and a mix of open (12.90%) and other uses (8.70%). This watershed has 211.96 stream miles, 18,300.76 lake acres and 14,697.69 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.This water is ranked High Lake for individual Lakes based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.