Fish and Aquatic Life
Lake Chippewa, in the Lake Chippewa Watershed, is a 14,593.00 acre lake that falls in Sawyer County. This lake is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 under the Fisheries Program. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||583049||Chippewa Flowage - NE Wagon Wheel Is||6/28/1993||9/1/1993||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||583051||Chippewa Flowage - Deepest Section Ne Of Eagles Nest Is.||6/28/1993||8/15/2015||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||583052||Chippewa Flowage - Deepest Section East Of Banana Islands||5/19/1993||8/15/2015||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10019141||Chippewa Lake -- Access at Near Cth B||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||583053||Crane Lake Chippewa Flowage - Deepest Section ||5/19/1993||8/31/1993||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10019139||Chippewa Flowage -- Winter Dam Access||6/23/2009||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10005605||Lake Chippewa||6/1/1991||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||583054||Chief Lake Chippewa Flowage - Deepest Section||6/29/1993||8/31/1993||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10018295||Barker Lake -- Access Off Boat Landing Rd||7/27/2007||8/7/2015||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10019140||Chippewa Flowage -- CC North Access||9/25/2004||9/14/2019||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||583050||Chippewa Flowage - 1 Mi W Chief Nrrws||6/28/1993||8/15/2015||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10018294||Chief Lake -- Access Off Pats Landing Rd||7/4/2009||5/10/2015||Map||Data|
|2436900||Crane Lake||10032850||Crane Lake||7/12/2009||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
|2436700||Tyner Lake||10032981||Tyner Lake||9/14/2009||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
|2414200||Moonshine Lake||10033196||Moonshine Lake||7/12/2009||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||583002||Chippewa River East Fork - Cth B Ab Flowage||2/26/1975||11/29/2010||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10018583||Chippewa Lake -- Access at Near Cth CC||7/30/2010||7/30/2010||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10019144||Chippewa Flowage -- CC South Access||9/11/2004||9/14/2019||Map||Data|
|2399700||Lake Chippewa||10049261||Chippewa Flowage -- Treeland Resort||9/29/2017||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Lake Chippewa is located in the Weirgor Creek and Brunet River watershed which is 324.00 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.80%), wetland (24.80%) and a mix of agricultural (4.10%) and other uses (6.40%). This watershed has 407.41 stream miles, 2,240.99 lake acres and 39,377.08 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.