Fish and Aquatic Life
Sylvan Lake (Pipe), in the Yellow River Watershed, is a 76.93 acre lake that falls in Barron County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1964, Surface Water Resources of Barron County Sylvan Lake T36N, R13W, Section 15
A soft water seepage lake, landlocked and having a fish population of northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, pumpkinseeds and bullheads. Slow growing panfish are a problem to management. Twenty-seven acres of wetlands at the upper and lower ends of the lake are habitat to muskrats, nesting puddle ducks and mergansers. Access may be had to the lake off the town road on the south end. There is no other public frontage on the lake and private development consists of a boat rental place, 13 cottages and a church camp. The lake is also known locally as "Pipe" Lake.
Surface Acres = 67.3, S.D.F. = 1.73, Maximum Depth = 39 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Sylvan (Pipe) Lake was evaluated for phosphorus in 2016 and levels were found to be too high, which was reflected in algal blooms. This lake was listed for phosphorus in 2016. This lake is covered by a watershed plan: A Water Quality Strategy for the Land and Waters of the Red Cedar River Basin (expires in 2026).
A mercury listing, added in 1998, is slated for removal in 2020 because it is covered by the state consumption advisory.
Author Ashley Beranek
Sylvan Lake (WBIC 1884800) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data overwhelmingly exceed 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use, and chlorophyll data exceed REC thresholds. Total phosphorus and chlorophyll data do not exceed Fish and Aquatic Life thresholds.
Author Aaron Larson
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|
|1884800||Sylvan Lake||10003371||Sylvan Lake||9/5/2000||10/3/2016||Map||Data|
|1884800||Sylvan Lake||033207||Sylvan Lake - Deep Hole||7/31/2004||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1884800||Sylvan Lake||10018535||Sylvan Lake -- Access||8/22/2003||8/30/2007||Map||Data|
Sylvan Lake is located in the Yellow River watershed which is 239.35 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (38%), forest (28.40%) and a mix of grassland (20.50%) and other uses (13.00%). This watershed has 415.31 stream miles, 2,929.80 lake acres and 11,565.29 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.