Fish and Aquatic Life
Dead Pike Lake, in the Bear River Watershed, is a 308.56 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County Pike (Dead)Lake, T-42-N, R-5-E, Sections 19, 20 and 29,
Dead Pike Lake is a moderately fertile drainage lake. It has slightly alkaline, light brown water of low transparency. Bottom materials consist mostly of sand, with rock, gravel and muck. Neither the inlet or the outlet stream are considered to be navigable water. The principal fish species present in the lake are muskellunge, northern pike, walleyes, large and smallmouth bass and pan fish. Presently, the only form of public access available is of a difficult or unimproved nature. Public use facilities consist of one resort with boat rental. There are five cottages located on or about the shore line. Beaver are known to be present.
Area = 317 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 59 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Dead Pike Lake (WBIC 2316600) was placed on the impaired waters list for Mercury in 1998 and for Total Phosphorus in 2016. The 2018 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; new total phosphorus sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll-a sample data clearly met the REC and FAL use thresholds. Based on the most updated information, no change in the existing impaired waters listing was needed.
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.
This project will complete a Smart Growth compliant plan for the Township of Manitowish Waters. Specifically, this grant will cover portions of the agricultural/natural resources/cultural, internal governmental, land use, and implementation strategy elements.
Monitor Fish Tissue
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|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||643620||Dead Pike Lake - South Bay||5/18/2002||8/31/2019||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||643577||Dead Pike Lake - North Shore Deep Site||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||10006008||Dead Pike Lake||8/29/2000||8/26/2021||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||10048587||Dead Pike Lake NE nearshore ||6/12/2017||9/13/2017||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||643167||Dead Pike Lake - E Inlet Powell R||8/8/1989||4/4/2006||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||643166||Dead Pike Lake - S Inlet 200 Yds||8/8/1989||10/4/1989||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||643575||Dead Pike Lake at Powell Marsh Ditch Inlet||8/4/2003||9/13/2017||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||643041||Dead Pike Lake - Deep Hole||5/4/1989||9/20/2021||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||643578||Dead Pike Lake - Neck Of South Bay||7/25/2005||8/31/2019||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||10018653||Dead Pike Lake -- Access||6/17/2006||6/15/2021||Map||Data|
|2317100||Unnamed||643574||Unnamed Ditch - Below Powell Road||8/4/2003||4/30/2018||Map||Data|
|2316600||Dead Pike Lake||10048258||Dead Pike Lake Outlet||4/19/2017||9/13/2017||Map||Data|
Dead Pike Lake is located in the Bear River watershed which is 145.45 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48.20%), wetland (32.30%) and a mix of open (17.90%) and other uses (1.70%). This watershed has 109.53 stream miles, 16,823.52 lake acres and 30,671.84 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.