Fish and Aquatic Life
Audie Lake, in the Soft Maple and Hay Creeks Watershed, is a 109.68 acre lake that falls in Rusk County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Rusk County Audie Lake, T35N, R9W, Section 1
A soft water, drainage lake with two intermittent inlets. There is also one intermittent outlet to nearby Perch Lake. The waters of Audie Lake are impounded by a low-level dike, flooding an area that was previously occupied by several small lakes. Muskellunge, largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, white sucker, and black bullhead make up the fish population. Parts of the lake are subject to occasional winterkill. Shallower parts of the lake contain numerous stumps and snags and the lake also contains several floating bogs. The littoral zone is about half sand, gravel, and rock with the other half being muck. Most of the shoreline vegetation is upland hardwood and conifer. A large great blue heron rookery is located on the lake, but is otherwise not used extensively by waterfowl or furbearers. There are two public accesses on the east side of the lake. There is no private development as the lake is completely surrounded by Rusk County Forest land.
Surface Acres = 127.7, Maximum Depth = 32 feet, M.P.A. = 15ppm, Secchi disk = 5 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.
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|
|2368700||Audie Lake||10005396||Audie Lake||9/5/2000||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
|2368700||Audie Lake||10020277||Audie Lake -- Boat Launch||9/13/2013||9/13/2013||Map||Data|
|2368700||Audie Lake||553107||Audie Lake at Deepest Point||7/25/1994||9/1/2004||Map||Data|
Audie Lake is located in the Soft Maple and Hay Creeks watershed which is 176.75 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56.70%), wetland (19.20%) and a mix of agricultural (11.40%) and other uses (12.70%). This watershed has 266.14 stream miles, 1,050.89 lake acres and 14,185.57 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.