Fish and Aquatic Life
Morris Lake (Mt Morris), in the Pine and Willow Rivers Watershed, is a 116.97 acre lake that falls in Waushara County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Waushara County Mt. Morris Lake T-19-N, R-11-E, Sections 16, 17 Surface Acres = 163; S.D.F. = 2.96; Maximum Depth = 40.0 feet.
A moderate sized flowage, with a highly irregular shoreline, that is characterized by having four distinct basins. The dam (15 foot head), once used to produce electric power to operate a grist mill and a machine shop, is located adjacent to County Trunk G in the village of Mt. Morris. The bottom materials in the shallow water zone consist of marl and sand. The physiography and maximum depth in two of the four basins permits a midsummer thermocline to develop at 19 feet. The water source of the lake is drainage originating from four inlet tributaries. The stream outlets from the Norwegian Lake complex and from Porters Lake contribute the major flow to these inlets. The outlet of the lake enters Little Lake to the east of Mt. Morris, eventually drains into Willow Creek. The fishery of the lake consists of northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, bluegills, pumpkinseed, crappies, bullheads and an occasional trout. The lake is particularly noted for its largemouth bass and northern pike fishery. Siltation of the pond over the years has increased shallow water zones which grow dense aquatic vegetation. During July and August many acres of water are so weed choked that it is not possible to swim, fish, or carry on boating activities in these areas. Siltation and weed problems can be expected to become progressively worse in the future. Much of the watershed is in agricultural use and the activities on the watershed, along with a high density of cottages and poor septic systems, may be contributing to the fertility of this lake. The primary use of the lake is for fishing, swimming and some boating. At the time of the inventory, 109 cottages, one resort and one boat livery were noted developments on the shoreline. The highest density of cottage development is on the lower portion of the pond. A public campsite, boat landing and picnic site access are available on the north shore at the east end of the lake. A small boat launching area without parking is available immediately north of the outlet adjacent to County Trunk Highway G. Moderate numbers of migratory mallards, bluewing teal and wood ducks utilize the lake on a seasonal basis. Approximately eight acres of adjoining, wooded wetlands provide nesting habitat for mallards, bluewing teal and wood ducks.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Morris Lake (Mt Morris) (246500) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll sample data were clearly below FAL use listing thresholds and did not exceed REC listing thresholds. This water was also assessed for chlorides and sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM chronic and acute listing criteria for the 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|
|246500||Lake Morris||703041||Lake Morris - Lake D-Deep Hole||7/21/1986||2/24/2021||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10014857||Morris Lake 2b||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042064||Mount Morris Lake - East Basin W (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/21/2014||6/10/2014||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042344||Lake Morris zebra mussel location PI point 252 (Lake D)||6/23/2014||6/23/2014||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042059||Mount Morris Lake - West Basin W (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/21/2014||6/10/2014||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||703037||Lake Morris - Lake B||7/21/1986||8/20/2020||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10019669||Lake Morris -- Access||6/16/2009||7/11/2020||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10014858||Morris Lake 2a||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10030908||Lake Morris -- 20th Drive Boat Ramp||12/10/2010||12/10/2010||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||703038||Lake Morris - Lake C||5/16/1979||8/20/2020||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042062||Mount Morris Lake - Mid Basin S (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/21/2014||6/10/2014||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||703036||Lake Morris - Lake A||7/21/1986||8/20/2020||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10014856||Morris Lake J||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042060||Mount Morris Lake - West Basin E (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/21/2014||6/10/2014||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042061||Mount Morris Lake - Mid Basin N (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/21/2014||6/10/2014||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042065||Mount Morris Lake - East Basin S (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/21/2014||6/10/2014||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042805||Mt. Morris Lake - Zebra Mussel Sampler Location||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10043563||Mount Morris Lake - East Basin N (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/13/2015||6/2/2015||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10045762||Phragmites occurrence 2598 - Lake Morris||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10014855||Morris Lake B||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10042063||Mount Morris Lake - Mid Basin E (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/21/2014||6/2/2015||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10043561||Mount Morris Lake - West Basin Center (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/13/2015||6/2/2015||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10043562||Mount Morris Lake - Mid Basin NW (Herbicide Monitoring)||5/13/2015||6/2/2015||Map||Data|
|246500||Lake Morris||10007455||Lake Morris||7/27/1999||11/1/2018||Map||Data|
|247400||Unnamed||10007952||Unnamed Creek 25 (atLake Morris)||Map||Data|
Lake Morris is located in the Pine and Willow Rivers watershed which is 302.08 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (34.40%), agricultural (27.80%) and a mix of wetland (19.20%) and other uses (18.70%). This watershed has 377.48 stream miles, 11,273.01 lake acres and 33,136.61 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.