Fish and Aquatic Life
Rest Lake, in the Manitowish River Watershed, is a 654.92 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 Rest Lake, T-42-N, R-5-E, Sections 3, 4, 9, 10 and 16,
Rest Lake is a drainage lake of moderate fertility. It has slightly alkaline, clear water of moderate transparency. Bottom materials consist primarily of sand with gravel and some rock. Both the inlet and the outlet streams are considered to be navigable water. A water control structure 10 feet in height located at the outlet maintains deep water connections with other lakes on the Manitowish Chain and creates a fluctuating water problem. Allowable fluctuations are 1.25 feet in the summer and 3.5 feet in the winter. The principal fish species present in the lake are muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, large and smallmouth bass and pan fish. Presently, public access is possible to the lake only by means of navigable water or by difficult or unimproved access. A variety of public use facilities are present consisting of 13 resorts with three boat rental facilities, plus one commercial boat landing. There are 65 cottages located on or about the shore line.
Area = 640 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 49 feet
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.
Lake Management Plan Development
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment, Inventory
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment or Inventory
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.
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|
|2327500||Rest Lake||643484||Rest Lake - Site B South Fox Island||5/31/1997||8/11/1997||Map||Data|
|2327500||Rest Lake||10006402||Rest Lake||8/29/2000||6/7/2022||Map||Data|
|2327500||Rest Lake||10055239||Vance Lake - Beetle drop area||7/10/2018||7/7/2021||Map||Data|
|2327500||Rest Lake||643253||Rest Lake - Deep Hole||7/19/1984||9/26/2021||Map||Data|
|2327500||Rest Lake||643507||Rest Lake - Site C Southwest Bay||Map||Data|
|2327500||Rest Lake||10018703||Rest Lake -- Access||5/26/2006||6/25/2022||Map||Data|
|2327500||Rest Lake||10047800||Rest Lake||6/28/2016||6/28/2016||Map||Data|
|2327500||Rest Lake||10034032||Rest Lake -- Access at Koller Park on Hwy W||6/30/2011||6/24/2021||Map||Data|
Rest Lake is located in the Manitowish River watershed which is 268.60 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (66.90%), wetland (19.10%) and a mix of open (13.30%) and other uses (0.70%). This watershed has 212.08 stream miles, 22,943.16 lake acres and 33,727.48 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.