Fish and Aquatic Life
Glenton Lake (Rice Lake) T35N, R17W, Sec. 20 Surface Acres-127.7, S.D.F.=1.61, Maximum Depth=6 ft., M.P.A.= 202 Situated at the head of Glenton Creek, it has a navigable outlet (2 cfs). it is subject to partial winter freeze-outs. Northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegills, perch and bullheads are present. There are no public lands, or access roads, and one cottage is the only private development. Sixty-four acres of mostly marsh wetlands adjoin the lake. Mallards and bluewing teal nest here. Numbers of diving ducks, coots and other puddle ducks use the lake during migratory seasons.
Author Aquatic Biologist
This small lake (128 ac.) is located upstream from Balsam Lake and downstream from the
Village of Milltown. While this lake may be a small part of the nutrient budget "picture" of
Balsam Lake it has been severely impacted in its own way by past discharges from the village
wastewater treatment system(s) (Ryan, 1990 & Engel & Nichols, 1991).
A lake organization should be encouraged for this body of water. The restoration of Rice Lake
will require special management practices over several years to complete. It is recommended
that this lake be accorded high priority for a Planning Grant to continue water quality
monitoring and an Implementation Grant to continue the vegetation planting and implement the
renovation practices as outlined by Engel & Nichols (1991).
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|
|2621600||Rice Lake||10018141||Rice Lake -- Access at S End Lake Nr 200th Ave||6/7/2019||8/1/2022||Map||Data|
|2621200||Rice Creek||493051||Rice Lake (Glenton) - Station C||2/21/1989||6/15/1989||Map||Data|
|2621600||Rice Lake||493119||Rice Lake - Deep Hole||7/27/1988||9/12/2022||Map||Data|
|2621600||Rice Lake||10004993||Rice Lake||9/5/2000||7/5/2018||Map||Data|
Rice 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.This water is ranked High Lake for individual Lakes based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.