Fish and Aquatic Life
Sand Lake, in the Upper St. Croix and Eau Claire Rivers Watershed, is a 98.73 acre lake that falls in Douglas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1973, Surface Water Resources of Douglas County Sand Lake, T45N, R10W, Section 13, 14, Surface Acres-97.6, Maximum Depth-16 feet, M.P.A.-35 ppm, Secchi Disk-15 feet A soft water seepage lake subject to occasional partial winterkill conditions. It is landlocked and the lakeshore is entirely sandy upland covered by jack pine, oak, and aspen. Water level fluctuations of from about, six to eight feet of lake depth occur from periodic dry to wet cycles. During the year of 1954 extremely high levels necessitated channeling runoff waters to nearby High Life Lake, since overflow drainage from Loon Lake was flowing into Sand Lake. During low water levels, such as in 1964- 65, freeze-out conditions occur. The present fishery is probably made up of northern pike, largemouth bass, pumpkinseeds, bluegills, perch, a few black crappies, and bullheads. A small amount of marsh and shrub wetlands adjacent to the lake provide some nesting areas for mallards, but waterfowl and furbearer use is limited. Sparse bulrushes and pondweeds are present. Public frontage on the lakes includes a platted access and part of an east shore town road right-of-way. The on access is off this road. The private development of the shoreline includes 12 cottages.
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|
|2495300||Sand Lake||10020980||Sand Lake - Deepest Spot||7/30/2007||7/30/2007||Map||Data|
|2495300||Sand Lake||10054058||Sand Lake - Murray Lake Road||8/11/2020||8/11/2020||Map||Data|
|2495300||Sand Lake||10047549||Sand Lake Access||Map||Data|
|2495300||Sand Lake||10002191||Sand Lake||9/5/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
Sand Lake is located in the Upper St. Croix and Eau Claire Rivers watershed which is 277.89 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (83.90%), wetland (9.50%) and a mix of open (4.30%) and other uses (2.40%). This watershed has 153.93 stream miles, 7,654.41 lake acres and 13,694.48 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.