Fish and Aquatic Life
Lakes Of The Pines (Pickerel), in the Lower North Fork Flambeau River Watershed, is a 272.72 acre lake that falls in Sawyer County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1969, Surface Water Resources of Sawyer County Pickeral (Lake of the Pines) Lake, T38N, R3W, Section 11, 14, 15, 22, 23 Surface Acres = 223.0, Maximum Depth = 39 feet, M.P.A. = 51 ppm, Secchi Disk = 7 feet.
A hard water, drainage lake with an outlet stream of 2.0 cfs normal flow tributary to nearby Connor Lake. The fish population includes walleyes, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, rock bass, pumpkinseeds, white suckers and redhorse. Muskellunge are also present. Except for the shrub swamp bordering the lake near its outlet, the remaining lakeshore is upland. Nesting ducks andother migratory waterfowl are present in the nesting season. Three resorts and boat rentals are available, and there are four cottages on River State Forest. Park facilities are available on the northwest shore where camping, picnicking, swimming, and public access facilities are available. The two feeder streams flowing into the lake on the east shore are warmwater streams with minnow populations.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lakes Of The Pines (Pickerel) (2275300) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll data did not exceed REC or FAL listing thresholds. This water is meeting these designated uses and is not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
The 2018 assessments of the Lakes Of The Pines (Pickerel) showed excess algal growth; new chlorophyll-a sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use. Total phosphorus data were clearly below Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use listing thresholds. Based on the most updated information, this water was proposed for 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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2275300||Lake of the Pines||10028991||Lake of the Pines - Deep Hole||5/31/2010||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|2275300||Lake of the Pines||583228||Lake Of The Pines - Lake Of The Pines||Map||Data|
|2275300||Lake of the Pines||10005551||Lake Of The Pines||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2275300||Lake of the Pines||583087||Lake Of The Pines - S Basin||5/13/1996||8/17/2013||Map||Data|
|2275300||Lake of the Pines||10017434||Lake Of The Pines -- Access - NW Side Of Lake||7/30/2010||6/17/2017||Map||Data|
|5004270||Unnamed||583120||Lake Of The Pines - Outlet||7/18/1973||11/12/1974||Map||Data|
|2275300||Lake of the Pines||583197||Lake Of The Pines - Flambeau River State Forest Beach||6/23/2003||6/23/2003||Map||Data|
Lake of the Pines is located in the Lower North Fork Flambeau River watershed which is 153.97 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (71%), wetland (25.20%) and a mix of open (2.90%) and other uses (0.90%). This watershed has 171.97 stream miles, 2,087.44 lake acres and 20,811.87 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.