Fish and Aquatic Life
Loveless Lake T34N, R17W, Sec.. 8, 17 Surface Acres = 123.3, S.D.F.=1.62, Maximum Depth=20 ft., M.P.A.=108 Situated at the head of Bass Creek this lake has a navigable outlet. Subject to an occasional partial winter fish kill, it has largemouth bass, bluegills and bullheads. Public frontage consists of three unimproved platted access roads (60-foot width each). Private development includes one resort and three cottages. There is also a boat livery here. Mallards, bluewing teal and wood ducks nest here. There is a one-foot head drain on the outlet.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Loveless Lake (Bass) (WBIC 2620000) was placed on the impaired waters list for excess algal growth in 2012. The 2018 assessments showed continued excess algal growth; new chlorophyll-a sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use. Based on the most updated information, no change in the existing impaired waters listing was needed.
Author Ashley Beranek
Loveless Lake (Bass) (2620000) was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus and excess algal growth in 2012. The 2016 assessments showed continued excess algal growth; chlorophyll sample data exceed 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use, however, total phosphorus were clearly below REC thresholds. Total phosphorus and chlorophyll data were clearly below Fish and Aquatic Life listing thresholds. Based on the most updated information, the pollutant total phosphorus is proposed for deletion, but excess algal growth remains listed.
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.
Lakes Planning Grant
Lake Management Plan Development
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Monitor Water Level
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment, Inventory
Shoreland Monitoring, Assessment or Inventory
Social Survey of Residents or Users
Information and Education
Watershed Mapping or Assessment
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|
|2619700||Bass Creek||10041957||Loveless Lake - Outlet||6/15/2014||8/11/2014||Map||Data|
|2620000||Loveless Lake||10004786||Loveless Lake||9/5/2000||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
|2620000||Loveless Lake||493103||Loveless Lake - Deep Hole||4/29/1993||6/22/2020||Map||Data|
|2620000||Loveless Lake||10018206||Loveless Lake -- Access||7/11/2008||6/6/2019||Map||Data|
Loveless Lake is located in the Balsam Branch watershed which is 104.07 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (31.60%), agricultural (28.40%) and a mix of grassland (18.70%) and other uses (21.30%). This watershed has 63.62 stream miles, 6,301.67 lake acres and 5,248.51 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.