Fish and Aquatic Life
Grassy Lake, in the Elk River Watershed, is a 72.49 acre lake that falls in Price County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1983, Surface Water Resources of Price County Grassy Lake, T37N, RIW, Section 9
This soft water, drainage lake has an estimated outlet flow of 102.5 ft(3) sec. It is located on the Elk River between Long Lake and Lac Sault Dore. The lake has a high gradient and rapids area at the outlet; this is a natural water level control. Besides the Elk River, Grassy Lake receives flow from a warm- water minnow stream that originates in Mcliquham Lake. The lake has three small islands, one by the inlet and two by the outlet. The fish population consists of muskellunge, northern pike, walleyes, perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, rock bass, pumpkinseeds, black and yellow bullheads, white suckers, redhorse, golden shiners, and troutperch. The shoreline is 92% upland 8% tag alder-willow swamp. Littoral bottom types are sand, gravel, rubble and muck. Eel grass, bulrush, pondweed, coontail, arrowhead and white water lilies constitute the aquatic vegetation. Mallard, teal and wood ducks nest here each year. Muskrats are found in good numbers, and otters sometimes frequent the lake. Private development consist of four cottages or homes. The Town of Elk provides a public access on the southeast side of the lake. There is no other public frontage.
Surface Area = 80.1 acres, Maximum Depth = 7 ft, MPA = 43 ppm, Secchi disk = 5 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.
Protect Riparian or Shorelands
Price County is sponsoring a project to restore 250 feet of shoreline habitat along the Elk River. There is an unstable 25 foot face that is actively eroding and needs to be stabilized. Fish- wildlife habitat and water quality will be improved. Project goals: 1) Reduce sediment and nutrient delivery; 2) Reduce instream sedimentation to improve fish spawning habitat; 3) Restore shore land habitat for wildlife; 4) Improve water quality; 5) Protect existing resources.
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|
|2238100||Grassy Lake||10005202||Grassy Lake||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2238100||Grassy Lake||10019421||Grassy Lake -- Access at Southern Part Of Lake Nr N Grassy Lake Rd||6/16/2008||6/16/2008||Map||Data|
|2238100||Grassy Lake||514008||Grassy Lake - Grassy Lake||7/25/1979||7/25/1979||Map||Data|
Grassy Lake is located in the Elk River watershed which is 261.12 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (51.70%), wetland (37.40%) and a mix of grassland (4.70%) and other uses (6.20%). This watershed has 254.00 stream miles, 2,883.84 lake acres and 49,382.72 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.