Fish and Aquatic Life
Ghost Lake, in the West Fork Chippewa River Watershed, is a 136.14 acre lake that falls in Bayfield County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Bayfield County,WI: WI-DNR
Key ---> NA*=Not Available
Ghost Lake, T43N, R5W, Section 20
Surface Acres = 141.8, Maximum Depth = 30 feet, M.P.A. = 46 ppm,
Secchi Disk NA*
A soft water, seepage lake with an intermittent outlet forming
the headwaters of Ghost Creek. Mixed hardwoods and scattered
conifers rake up the bulk of the surrounding lake shore vegetation.
Aquatic vegetation is scarce. The shoreline bottom type is mostly
muck with a few small scattered areas of sand and gravel. State-
owned Huff Island, 0.70 acre in size, lies along the southwest
shore of the lake. The fish population consists of muskellunge,
largemouth bass, white crappie, and pumpkinseeds. It is one of the
better muskellunge lakes in Bayfield County. The extensive area of
wetlands adjoining the lake provide excellent habitat for nesting
waterfowl and migratory duck use is moderate. Private development
consists of one resort, one boat rental place, and six cottages.
A town access on the south side of the lake provides the only
public access, and 2.30 miles of the lake's 2.94 miles of shoreline
is in Chequamegon National Forest ownership.
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|
|2423900||Ghost Lake||10000884||Ghost Lake||8/29/2000||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
Ghost 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.