Fish and Aquatic Life
Devils Lake, in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River Watershed, is a 974.92 acre lake that falls in Burnett County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1966, Surface Water Resources of Burnett County Devils Lake, T39, 40N, R16W, Sections, Several
A soft water, seepage lake which is landlocked. Its fishpopulation consists of northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, black crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, bullhead and white sucker. Fluctuating water levels are a use problem. The shoreline is 60 percent sand and 40 percent gravel bottomed with sparse aquatic vegetation. Lakeshore vegetation is all upland hardwood and pine. There is 0.09 miles of public frontage which includes two undeveloped platted accesses and a small parcel on the west shore owned by the State of Wisconsin. There is no public access to the lake. There is a private access at the resort at the northwest corner of the lake. The lake receives high use by migratory diving ducks, sometimes numbering over 5,000 in the fall. Migratory coot and Canada geese also use the lake. Muskrat use is insignificant and beaver are absent. There are nine resorts and two boat rentals, 78 cottages and a church camp around the lake.
Surface Acres = 971.8, Maximum Depth = 21 feet, M.P.A. = 39 ppm, Secchi Disk = 9 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|2461100||Devils Lake||073159||Devils Lake -- Public Access Boat Landing||7/2/2005||8/27/2021||Map||Data|
|2461100||Devils Lake||10001693||Devils Lake||3/31/2000||8/2/2020||Map||Data|
|2461100||Devils Lake||10020389||Devils Lake -- Access at S Side Of Lake Near John Stone Rd||8/22/2009||8/8/2021||Map||Data|
|2461100||Devils Lake||073111||Devils Lake - Nr Deep Hole||5/7/2000||7/8/2021||Map||Data|
Devils Lake is located in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River watershed which is 208.95 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.90%), wetland (19.60%) and a mix of open (8.80%) and other uses (6.80%). This watershed has 99.73 stream miles, 13,740.17 lake acres and 23,442.16 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.