Fish and Aquatic Life
Cranberry Lake, in the Middle Jump River Watershed, is a 466.40 acre lake that falls in Price County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Cranberry Lake is an acid bog lake with an 8-ft head dam on the outlet. It is the headwaters of the Jump River North Fork and has an estimated outlet flow of 1.4ft(3)sec. The lake has an irregular shoreline, six islands and numerous floating bogs. The dam provides water for a commercial cranberry bog located on the west side of lake and operated by Ocean Spray Cranberry Company.
Fish species present include northern pike, perch, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, rock bass, pumpkinseeds, black bullheads and minnows. Some years there is a partial winterkill.
The littoral bottom is mainly gravel and muck with small amounts of sand, boulder and rubble. Bog makes up 80 % of the shoreline with upland hardwood making up the remaining shoreline. Aquatic vegetation is common throughout the lake fringes. A large number of ducks are raised along the lake's 890 acres of wetlands, and other ducks, coots and geese use the lake during spring and fall migrations. Muskrats are common and occasionally a beaver is found.
Besides the cranberry bog operation, private development consists of three homes and a boat rental. A good public access is located on the east side of the lake. In addition, the State of Wisconsin owns 3.23 miles of the shoreline. Source: 1983, Surface Water Resources of Price County Cranberry Lake, T36N, RIE, Section 3, 4, 9, 10, 16 Surface Area = 512.4 acres, Maximum Depth = 18 ft, MPA = 12 ppm, Secchi disk = 4 ft
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.
Educate and engage residents
26125504 Educate Residents of Lake Communities in Price County about Lake Water Quality Conditions.
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|
|2217000||Cranberry Lake||10019419||Cranberry Lake -- Access||6/25/2008||7/24/2011||Map||Data|
|2217000||Cranberry Lake||10005190||Cranberry Lake||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2217000||Cranberry Lake||513147||Cranberry Lake - Deep Hole||8/13/2002||8/13/2002||Map||Data|
|2217000||Cranberry Lake||513196||Cranberry Lake - Cranberry Lake||Map||Data|
Cranberry Lake is located in the Middle Jump River watershed which is 229.88 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48.50%), wetland (39.90%) and a mix of grassland (6.10%) and other uses (5.40%). This watershed has 262.64 stream miles, 803.21 lake acres and 44,314.18 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.