Fish and Aquatic Life
Lac Du Flambeau (Flambeau), in the Bear River Watershed, is a 1,165.52 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County
Flambeau Lake T-40-N, R-4-E, Sections 1 and 12,
Area = 1,145 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 49 feet
Flambeau Lake is a drainage lake of moderate fertility. It
has clear, slightly alkaline water of very high transparency. The
predominant bottom material is sand, with gravel, rock and muck
present. Both inlet and outlet streams are considered to be
navigable. The principal species present are the walleye,
muskellunge, large and smallmouth bass and pan fish. Presently,
public access is possible from both a town road and a state
highway; however, this is without nearby parking. Public use
facilities consist of a park area, three resorts, and possibly boat
rental facilities available through these resorts. There are 38
cottages or dwellings on or about the shore line. Muskrats are
considered to be a significant fur bearer and beaver are known to
be present. The lake is one of the more important waterfowl
producers of the area and produces broods of mallard bluewing teal
and wood duck as well as broods of hoodedmergansers. The lake is
heavily used on the spring and fall migration both by puddle ducks
and diving ducks. Canada geese are known to use the lake on the
spring migration. Because of its proximity to the Powell Marsh
area, it provides an important duck hunting area in the fall. As a
result of this lake's firm shore line and excellent water quality,
swimming is a popular activity at the county park area. The old
indian village is located on the shores of this lake where the Bear
River leaves the lake.
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.
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|
|2320500||Flambeau Lake||643129||Flambeau Lake - Deep Hole||8/16/1973||8/25/2020||Map||Data|
|2320500||Flambeau Lake||10006382||Flambeau Lake||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2320500||Flambeau Lake||644055||Flambeau Lake - Flambeau Lake||8/20/1979||8/20/1979||Map||Data|
|2320500||Flambeau Lake||10018811||Flambeau Lake -- Access at Indian Village Rd||5/28/2005||9/4/2009||Map||Data|
|2320500||Flambeau Lake||10019916||Flambeau Lake -- Ramp Nr State Hwy 47||6/9/2007||6/17/2021||Map||Data|
Flambeau 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.