Fish and Aquatic Life
Popple Lake, in the McCann Creek and Fisher River Watershed, is a 94.29 acre lake that falls in Chippewa County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Chippewa County Popple Lake T30N, R8W, Sections 24 and 25
A soft water, seepage lake with an intermittent outlet to the Chippewa River system. It has a one-foot water control structure on its outlet owned by Charles Reim. It has a fishery of northern pike, walleyes, largemouth bass and pan fish. Muskellunge are also present. Mallards and teal nest in the lake area. There are 42 cottages on the lake and a public access at the north end. There is no other public frontage.
Surface Acres = 90.0, S.D.F. = 1.50, Maximum Depth = 25 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.
The goal of this project is to collect additional water chemistry on Popple Lake for the development of a TMDL. Sampling will consist of bi-weekly sampling from July through mid-September (5 sample events in total). Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen and Conductance profiles will be taken during each sampling event in addition to epilimnetic and hypolimnetic water chemistry samples. Epilimnetic samples will be collected as a 2 m integrated sample. The bi-weekly summer epilimnetic samples will be analyzed for total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a. The hypolimnetic samples will be analyzed total phosphorus. All sampling will take place during the calendar year 2006 field season.
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|
|2173900||Popple Lake||10018393||Popple Lake -- Access||Map||Data|
|2173900||Popple Lake||093110||Popple Lake - Mid Of S Bay Pl1||2/28/1990||9/5/2006||Map||Data|
|2173900||Popple Lake||10001068||Popple Lake||8/29/2000||10/3/2016||Map||Data|
Popple Lake is located in the McCann Creek and Fisher River watershed which is 311.06 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (39.20%), agricultural (22.90%) and a mix of wetland (22.10%) and other uses (15.80%). This watershed has 385.14 stream miles, 3,485.11 lake acres and 33,345.65 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.