Fish and Aquatic Life
Little Sand Lake, in the Lower Namekagon River Watershed, is a 70.82 acre lake that falls in Douglas and Washburn Counties. 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 Little Sand Lake, T42, 43N, R13W, Section 4, 33,
A soft water, seepage lake in the northwest corner of thecounty. This landlocked lake has a fishery consisting of walleyes, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, and lesser numbers of bluegills, white suckers, golden shiners and a few northern pike and pumpkinseeds. The lake is surrounded by jack pine and scattered upland hardwoods. The entire littoral zone is sand-bottomed and bulrushes are the predominant aquatic vegetation. Much of the shoreline is steeply sloping. There are no wetlands directly on the lake. Nesting waterfowl include mallards, teal, and loon. Furbearer use is not significant. There is one resort and fourteen cottages on the lakeshore. A public access is located at the north end of the lake and this site is the extent of the public frontage.
Surface Acres-73.7, Maximum Depth-21 feet, M.P.A.-24 ppm, Secchi Disk-11 feet
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|
|2477700||Little Sand Lake||10018559||Little Sand Lake -- Access||5/18/2012||5/18/2012||Map||Data|
|2477700||Little Sand Lake||663186||Little Sand Lake - Deepest Point||7/27/2006||7/21/2019||Map||Data|
|2477700||Little Sand Lake||10006712||Little Sand Lake||9/5/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
Little Sand Lake is located in the Lower Namekagon River watershed which is 239.34 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (73.10%), wetland (15.20%) and a mix of open (7.40%) and other uses (4.40%). This watershed has 172.53 stream miles, 12,590.30 lake acres and 21,781.64 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.