Fish and Aquatic Life
Bass Lake, in the Shell Lake and Upper Yellow River Watershed, is a 132.47 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Bass Lake is a 144 acre seepage lake with excellent water quality. The shoreline community has
just started a lake association and a member has been collecting water clarity data since the fall
of 1990. More in-depth water quality monitoring and lake management planning stressing
protection measures would be desireable.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County Bass Lake, T40N, R13W, Section 29,
A soft water, seepage lake, it is landlocked and situated in pitted outwash glaciation. Its fishery consists of walleyes, northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. The latter tend to be slow-growing. With the exception of a two-acre bog along the north shore, the lakeshore is upland with much of it being rather steep. Shore vegetation is mixed hardwood and pine. With only limited wetlands and a considerable amount of development, the waterfowl and furbearer resource is only minor in value. A few mallards, teal, and loon nest here. There is a public access with only town roadway parking off the southwest bay. This is the extent of public land on Bass Lake. Private development consists of one resort and campground and 32 cottages.
Surface Acres-144.1, Maximum Depth-31 feet, M.P.A.-41 ppm, Secchi Disk-17 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Bass Lake (2451300) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. 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.
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|
|2451300||Bass Lake||663050||Bass Lake - Site 1-Deep Hole||10/15/1990||10/16/2022||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||10006707||Bass Lake||4/23/1994||10/7/2020||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||663108||Bass Lake - Site 2||6/14/1996||6/14/1996||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||663110||Bass Lake - Site 4||6/14/1996||6/14/1996||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||663107||Bass Lake - Deep Hole Site 1||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||663109||Bass Lake - Site 3||6/14/1996||6/14/1996||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||663111||Bass Lake - Site 5||6/14/1996||6/14/1996||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||10018132||Bass Lake -- Access||8/8/2007||6/21/2020||Map||Data|
|2451300||Bass Lake||664004||Bass Lake (4013w29) - Deep Hole||7/19/1979||7/19/1979||Map||Data|
Bass Lake is located in the Shell Lake and Upper Yellow River watershed which is 166.67 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56.10%), agricultural (12.10%) and a mix of grassland (11%) and other uses (20.70%). This watershed has 118.54 stream miles, 5,764.04 lake acres and 9,834.60 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.