Fish and Aquatic Life
Silver Lake, in the Trego Lake - Middle Namekagon River Watershed, is a 188.45 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1978, Surface Water Resources of Washburn County
Silver Lake, T41N, R12W, Section 35, 36, Surface Acres-187.5,
Maximum Depth-28 feet, M.P.A.-19 ppm, Secchi Disk-11 feet
A soft water, seepage lake, in the Village of Lampson. This clear
water, landlocked lake has a fishery of walleyes, northern pike,
largemouth bass, black crappies, bluegills, bullheads, and fewer numbers
of perch, pumpkinseeds, white suckers and redhorse. The lake water
levels have held up quite steadily in recent years but were considerably
lower in the 1930's. The lake lies in a glacial, ground moraine trough.
The east and west shores slope steeply to the lake. The entire shoreline
is upland, although a sedge meadow and bog lie across the town road that
parallels the north end. The lake has a single basin and an evenly
sloped bottom. Bottom types are divided between 61 percent sand, 17
percent gravel and 22 percent muck. A varied, but excessive, amount of
aquatic vegetation is found in the lake for supporting fish and wildlife.
The west and northeast shores have wooded uplands, while the east shore
has a railroad track and town road paralleling it and the south end has
County Highway "F" following the shoreline. Muskrats are common to the
lake and mallards and teal nest around it. In addition, diver ducks use
the lake moderately in spring and fall. Private lakeshore development
includes 3 resorts and 26 cottages and homes. There is a public access
at the south end of the lake and another access site at the north end
that has only town road parking. There is 0.4 mile of public frontage
that includes the two access roads and two undeveloped, platted access
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Silver Lake (2496900) was placed on the impaired waters list due to Mercury in fish tissue in 1998. This water is impaired for Fish Consumption use; a special consumption advisory is in effect for Silver Lake. This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll data did not exceed REC or FAL listing thresholds.This water is considered to be meeting both Recreation and Fish and Aquatic Life uses.
Author Aaron Larson
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|
|2496900||Silver Lake||663159||Silver Lake - Deep Hole||9/9/2002||6/12/2021||Map||Data|
|2496900||Silver Lake||10018274||Silver Lake -- Access at E Side Of Lake At End Of Silver Ln||7/30/2007||6/5/2018||Map||Data|
|2496900||Silver Lake||10006703||Silver Lake (Washburn County)||9/5/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
Silver 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.