Fish and Aquatic Life
Beaver Lake, in the Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River Watershed, is a 86.55 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County
Beaver Lake, T40N, R10W, Section 11, Surface Acres-89.0, Maximum Depth-16
feet, M.P.A.-8 ppm, Secchi Disk-10 feet
A soft water, seepage lake, it is landlocked and has a fishery of
northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappies, perch, brown
bullheads, and white suckers. The bluegills are slow-growing here.
Seventy percent of the shoreline is mixed upland hardwoods and scattered
pine and the remaining shore has several scattered areas of adjoining bog
wetlands. The lake has a relatively sharply sloping littoral zone near
shore with bottom materials of 60 percent muck and 40 percent sand and
gravel. Beaver Lake has clear but relatively infertile water. Floating
aquatic vegetation is common in the bay areas. Algae is becoming common
in the lake. Wildlife values are restricted mostly to spring and fall
migratory ducks because of rather heavy private development on the lake's
periphery. Two launching ramps with parking areas are available at the
Town of Bass Lake Park on the north side of Beaver Lake. Besides the
park frontage of 0.27 mile, other public frontage amounts to 0.02 mile of
frontage in 10 undeveloped public accesses. Private development consists
of 32 cottages and a boat rental. Campground or resort facilities are
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|
|2452600||Beaver Lake||10018265||Beaver Lake Public Boat Landing and Beach||7/21/2003||7/22/2014||Map||Data|
|2452600||Beaver Lake||10006898||Beaver Lake||4/14/1993||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
|2452600||Beaver Lake||663113||Beaver Lake - Deep Hole||7/18/1986||10/3/2007||Map||Data|
Beaver Lake is located in the Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River watershed which is 268.89 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (69.80%), wetland (17.60%) and a mix of grassland (5.80%) and other uses (6.70%). This watershed has 217.96 stream miles, 4,463.49 lake acres and 28,205.13 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.