Fish and Aquatic Life
Lost Land Lake, in the West Fork Chippewa River Watershed, is a 1,263.79 acre lake that falls in Sawyer County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1969, Surface Water Resources of Sawyer County Lost Land Lake, T42N, R6W, Section 17,19,20,29
A soft water, drainage lake at the headwaters of the Teal River. Its outlet flowing into Teal Lake has a normal estimated flow of 15 cfs. Its main fish population is walleyes, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and panfish with muskellunge also present. The feeder stream for Lost Land Lake, Wilson Creek, Ole Creek, and Beaver Lake outlets, are all warm water streams inhabited by minnows as is the unnamed feeder flowing into the south bay. There are extensive bog areas and shrub swamps along the west shore and near the inlet streams. There is also an abundant aquatic vegetation growth which supports nesting and migratory ducks and muskrats. Beaver are also present. Fourteen resorts and 40 cottages are situated on the lakeshore. A public access is located on the northwest side of the like. Public frontage amounts to 0.54 miles of state and town-owned land.
Surface Acres = 1,303.7, Maximum Depth = 20 feet, M.P.A. = 33 ppm, Secchi Disk = 9 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lost Land Lake (2418600) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll sample data were clearly below FAL use listing thresholds and did not exceed REC listing thresholds. This water is meeting these designated uses and is not considered impaired.
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.
Educate and engage residents
The Town of Spider Lake proposes to develop a Comprehensive Land Use Plan to guide the community in establishing the long range goals, Town ordinances, and the organization of Town Government and citizen groups to protect and enhance the quality of water in our lakes and the natural lake ecosystems.
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|
|2418600||Lost Land Lake||583056||Lost Land Lake - Deep Hole||5/11/1993||6/27/2022||Map||Data|
|2418600||Lost Land Lake||584030||Lost Island Lake - Lost Island Lake||7/20/1979||7/20/1979||Map||Data|
|2418600||Lost Land Lake||10018564||Lost Land Lake -- Public Access||7/30/2010||8/26/2013||Map||Data|
|2418600||Lost Land Lake||583229||Lost Land Lake - Lost Land Lake||Map||Data|
|2418600||Lost Land Lake||583174||Lost Land Lake - 20 Feet Hole||4/26/2004||9/6/2004||Map||Data|
|2418600||Lost Land Lake||10005623||Lost Land Lake||9/5/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
Lost Land Lake is located in the West Fork Chippewa River watershed which is 284.78 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (62%), wetland (33.60%) and a mix of open (4.30%) and other uses (0%). This watershed has 256.71 stream miles, 6,208.10 lake acres and 60,035.54 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.