Fish and Aquatic Life
Beaver Dam Lake is a 1,112-acre drainage lake at the headwaters of the Hay River. This lake has a complex aquatic system that contains at least seven distinct bays and basins that exhibit different water quality characteristics. The community around the lake has formed a lake management district and is actively involved in lake management programs. An initial lake management planning grant study conducted in 1991 and 1992 involved intensive water quality monitoring, a user survey and preliminary computer modeling efforts. The complexity of the lake's ecosystem emerged during this study and the lake district has engaged in a second lake management planning grant project to better define water quality characteristics of this hgh-quality lake. At present, the Trophlc State Indices for this lake range from 44 and 46 in the upper lake, to 54 and 58 in the lake basins east of Hwy. 63.
Beaver Dam Lake is partially surrounded by the city of Cumberland and is subjected to the stresses that accompany an urban environment. One small basin in the lake has developed a dense aquatic plant community, and the eastern portion of the lake exhibits dense algae blooms and is still recovering from problems resulting from a municipal wastewater discharge that has since been corrected. A fish consumption advisory exists for walleye larger than 18 inches in the lake. Recently, the exotic aquatic plant Eurasian water milfoil became established in a portion of the lake.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1964, Surface Water Resources of Barron County Beaver Dam Lake T35, 36N, R13, 14W, Sections - several
A soft water seepage lake with an intermittent outlet to the headwaters of the Hay River. There is a one-foot water control structure on its outlet controlled by the City of Cumberland. The maximum depth of the lake is 106 feet and makes it the deepest lake in Barron County. The most common fish species found here are northern pike, walleyes, largemouth bass, perch, bluegills and black crappies. Bullheads, cisco, carp and white suckers are also common, and other species present include smallmouth bass, rock bass and pumpkinseeds. Habitat destruction by carp is a problem. Water chemistry analysis indicates some domestic pollution present. Approximately 110 acres in marshy wetlands provide habitat for muskrats and nesting puddle ducks. Other numbers of puddle ducks and diving ducks, coots and Canada geese also use the lake during migratory seasons. Eleven city and county roads provide public access to the lake and a city park of 42-1/2 acres provides camping, boat landing and swimming and picnic facilities. Public frontage on the lake amounts to 0. 88 miles of mainly city frontage. Commercial and private development includes eight resorts, eight boat rental places, 242 cottages and dwellings, mainly in the City of Cumberland, and an organizational camp.
Surface Acres = 1, 112.1, S.D.F. = 3.85, Maximum Depth = 106 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
ATTAINS Implementation Initiated
The Beaver Dam Lake Management District is sponsoring a project to construct a storm water wetland facility. The project will also divert storm water away from Library Lake and into the wetland facility to treat the storm water.
ATTAINS Water Identified for Protection
Partnering with property owners, the applicant is sponsoring a grant to implement water quality and habitat best practices from Wisconsin's Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan. Best practices, including fish sticks, 350 sq. ft. native plantings, diversions, rock infiltration, and/or rain gardens, will be designed and installed according to the Healthy Lakes fact sheets, technical guidance and grant application.
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment, Inventory
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment or Inventory
design stormwater facilities, including wetlands, rain gardens, and swales, on recently-acquired property along the NW shore of Library Lake. The project also includes development of a Storm Sewer Outfall Maintenance Strategy and a lakewide shoreland habitat assessment for Beaver Dam Lake. Project deliverables include: final stormwater facility designs and copies of draft operation and maintenance plans if available; storm sewer outfall study results and maintenance strategy; lakewide shoreland habitat inventory spreadsheet, map, and photos; and any educational materials developed
Lakes Planning Grant
Information and Education
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|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033130||Beaver Dam Lake - Nw End Deepest Pt||5/27/1992||8/18/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033131||Beaver Dam Lake - NE Of Eagle Pt At Deepest Section||5/27/1992||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033133||Beaver Dam Lake - P O Access Bay||5/27/1992||8/18/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033135||Beaver Dam Lake - Norwegian Bay||5/27/1992||9/23/2012||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033137||Beaver Dam Lake - Cemetary Bay||5/27/1992||5/28/2016||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042401||West Lake #20||6/24/2014||5/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042434||Williams Bay #27||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10017554||Beaver Dam Lake -- Tourist Park Access (east end of Lake St.)||9/2/2007||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042403||West Lake #22||6/24/2014||6/17/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10000645||Beaver Dam Lake||10/1/1991||6/27/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042404||West Lake #1||6/24/2014||6/26/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042409||Norwegian Bay #32||6/3/2014||6/18/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10043671||West Lake #1E||5/27/2015||6/22/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033047||Beaver Dam Lake - Stokley-Van Camp Cumberland 001||6/30/1981||6/30/1981||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10017933||Beaver Dam Lake -- Access at 4th Ave And Water St Cumberland||9/10/2003||5/25/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042410||East Lake #35||6/4/2014||6/30/2014||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042412||East Lake Center||6/6/2014||6/21/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033132||Beaver Dam Lake - W Of Eagle Pt||5/27/1992||8/18/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033136||Beaver Dam Lake - City Bay North 48||8/5/1995||5/30/1997||Map||Data|
|2081300||Unnamed||033138||Beaver Dam Lake Cumberland Ditch Tributary Stream To Norwegian Bay (Beaver Dam Lk) - Beaver Dm||5/27/1992||5/27/1992||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10017934||Beaver Dam Lake -- Norwegian Bay Access (off Comstock Ave)||5/27/2011||8/27/2016||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10051190||Beaver Dam Lake - West Lake 11||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042397||Rabbit Island Bay #30||6/11/2014||7/7/2014||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042398||Rabbit Island Bay Center||6/11/2014||6/24/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042402||West Lake Center||6/24/2014||6/22/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042407||City Bay #37B||6/9/2014||6/17/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10043670||West Lake #1C||5/27/2015||6/22/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10048426||Beaver Dam Lake - Rabbit Island Bay 5a||4/25/2017||5/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033046||Hay River - Beaver Dam Lake Sth 48||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033048||Stokley-Van Camp Cumberland 002||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10018148||Beaver Dam Lake -- Access on N Side Of Lake Off 23 1/2 23 3/4 Ave||7/19/2010||6/24/2016||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042411||East Lake #34||6/5/2014||6/21/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10043667||Rabbit Island Bay #4||5/29/2015||6/24/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10043669||West Lake #1B||5/27/2015||6/22/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10017932||Beaver Dam Lake -- Eagle Point Access (north end of Island Ave)||9/2/2007||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042400||Williams Bay Center||6/17/2014||6/23/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042406||City Bay #37C||6/9/2014||6/17/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042408||City Bay #37A||6/9/2014||6/17/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10043672||Williams Bay #2||5/28/2015||6/23/2015||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10043673||East Lake #8||5/26/2015||6/18/2018||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10048427||Beaver Dam Lake - West Lake 1||4/17/2017||4/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||033050||Unnamed Stream - Minn Mining And Mfg (3-M) Cumberld||Map||Data|
|5005154||Unnamed||10020590||Unnamed Creek at 4th Street||6/10/2007||6/10/2007||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10042405||Cemetary Bay #39||6/10/2014||5/16/2017||Map||Data|
|2081200||Beaver Dam Lake||10043668||West Lake #1a||5/27/2015||6/22/2015||Map||Data|
Beaver Dam Lake is located in the Hay River watershed which is 289.60 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (38%), agricultural (30.20%) and a mix of grassland (20.60%) and other uses (11.20%). This watershed has 516.98 stream miles, 2,647.38 lake acres and 15,179.56 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available 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.