Fish and Aquatic Life
Muskie Springs Lake (Bear Paw, Ethel), in the West Fork Chippewa River Watershed, is a 20.88 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 Muskie Springs Lake, T43N, R5W, Section 34
A drained lake which is the headwaters of Red Ike Creek. It also has significant spring water sources. The outlet channel between Muskie Springs Lake and Hadley Lake is navigable but because of the sluggish nature of the outlet, an accurate flow determination is not obtainable. The fish population consists mainly of largemouth bass, black crappie, and yellow perch. Bottom conditions are 95 percent muck and 5 percent sand. About 90 percent of the bordering shoreline is bog wetland, while only 10 percent is firm upland. The 32 acres of adjoining wetlands provide nesting habitat for ducks and migratory duck use is moderate. There is also evidence of past beaver use here. There is no private development or public access, and the entire lake shore is privately-owned.
Surface Acres = 22.2, Maximum Depth = 10 feet, M.P.A. = 45 ppm, Secchi Disk = NA*
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|
|2426600||Muskie Springs Lake||10000885||Muskie Springs Lake||8/29/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
Muskie Springs 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.