Fish and Aquatic Life
Amik Lake, Pike Lake Chain, in the Upper South Fork Flambeau River Watershed, is a 140.81 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County Amik Lake, T-40-N, R-4-E, Section 19,
Amik Lake is a drainage lake of moderate fertility having slightly alkaline, dark brown water of low transparency. It has a muck bottom. Both the inlet and outlet streams are considered to be navigable. Recognized as a northern pike-pan fish lake, northern pike are rated as abundant and muskellunge are present. The lake, used by both fur bearers and waterfowl, can be said to have a good aesthetic value. Public use opportunities are limited due to poor accessibility and a lack of commercial facilities.
Area = 187 Acres, Maximum Depth = 10 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Amik Lake was evaluated every two-year cycle from 2014 to 2022; in the 2016 cycle phosphorus was identified as too high as evidenced by excess algal blooms. This lake is on the Impaired Waters List.
Author Ashley Beranek
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|TOWN OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU: AIS Watercraft Inspection, Education & Lake Monitoring Project||2009|
|PIKE LAKE CHAIN LAKES ASSOCIATION, INC.: Pike Lake Chain Comprehensive Plan - Phase 5 - Amik Lake||2001|
|TOWN OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU: AIS Watercraft Inspection, Education, & Lake Monitoring Project||2007|
|TOWN OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU: AIS Watercraft Inspection, Education & Lake Monitoring||2008|
|TOWN OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU: AIS Boat Inspection, Education, & Lake Monitoring||2006|
|TOWN OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU: AIS Watercraft Inspection, Education & Lake Monitoring Project||2010|
|PIKE LAKE CHAIN LAKES ASSOCIATION, INC.: Pike Lake Chain Lakes - Assessment #1 Round, Turner, Amik||2004|
|Fish Propagation Actions||2001|
|PIKE LAKE CHAIN LAKES ASSOCIATION, INC.: Round/Amik Lakes, Lake Management Plan Update||2009|
|TOWN OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU: Lake Steward Program||2011|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2268600||Amik Lake||643220||Amik Lake - Deep Hole||7/13/1984||8/16/2022||Map||Data|
|2268600||Amik Lake||10005251||Amik Lake||8/29/2000||6/27/2019||Map||Data|
|2268600||Amik Lake||513143||Pine Creek at Mouth To Amik Lake||5/30/2001||9/18/2001||Map||Data|
Amik Lake is located in the Upper South Fork Flambeau River watershed which is 278.98 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (54.80%), wetland (38.80%) and a mix of open (4.60%) and other uses (1.70%). This watershed has 254.56 stream miles, 8,509.29 lake acres and 63,099.27 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.