Fish and Aquatic Life
Northern pike, perch, largemouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, and white sucker populate this lake. Some brown trout were stocked but because of very poor returns this program was discontinued in 1964. Stratton Lake is considered as a sterile marl lake with limited fish productivity. Because of a high degree of development, waterfowl use is limited. Hunting is not allowed. Stratton Lake contains clear, hard water fed primarily by springs. Water levels are maintained in part by a wooden dam about eight feet high. The lake has no inlet but there is a fairly large outlet to Radley Creek. The major littoral bottom material is marl. The marl deposits found in the lake have been mined commercially as a source of agricultural lime. Access with adequate parking is available from State Highway 22. Fifty cottages and homes and one private camp are located on the lake. Water skiing hours are restricted on this lake.
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Waupaca County Stratton (Storm) Lake, T21N, R11E, Sections 16, 17 Surface Acres = 87.2, S.D.F. = 1.44; Maximum Depth = 42 feet.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Stratton Lake (259600) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and 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|
|259600||Stratton Lake||693028||Stratton Lake - South Basin-Deep Hole||2/16/1977||9/2/2020||Map||Data|
|259600||Stratton Lake||10019351||Stratton Lake -- Access||6/9/2007||6/22/2019||Map||Data|
|259600||Stratton Lake||693189||Stratton Lake - Channel||Map||Data|
|259600||Stratton Lake||10048863||Stratton Lake - Well||7/11/2017||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|259600||Stratton Lake||10048837||Stratton Lake - Staff Gage||7/11/2017||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|259600||Stratton Lake||693180||Stratton Lake - North Basin||6/13/1991||9/8/2018||Map||Data|
|259600||Stratton Lake||10007318||Stratton Lake||7/27/1999||7/31/2019||Map||Data|
Stratton Lake is located in the Waupaca River watershed which is 290.77 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (43.70%), agricultural (30.40%) and a mix of grassland (14%) and other uses (11.80%). This watershed has 231.34 stream miles, 2,456.10 lake acres and 14,124.68 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.