Fish and Aquatic Life
Minerva Lake, in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River Watershed, is a 221.53 acre lake that falls in Burnett County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A dam on Loon Creek created Minerva Lake and by virtue of the raised water level established
navigable waterway connections with Cranberry, Love, Falk and Gull Lakes. A lake
organization was recently started on Love Lake and a volunteer enrolled in the self-help
monitoring program. These lakes share a common water source and exhibit some of the same
water quality characteristics. Portions of these lakes have an abundance of aquatic vegetation.
A feasibility study (Lakes Planning Grant) would be an excellent way to examine this "problem"
and start the process for lake management planning.
Fisheries Management Cumberland Area staff have recently proposed a cooperative project on
the Minerva Chain of Lakes that would involve multiple DNR program involvement and the
support of the lake community. At present the Minerva Chain has a fishery characterized by
stunted northern pike and panfish populations, an overabundance of submerged aquatic
vegetation and a decling wild rice resource. The implementation of a water level drawdown has
the potential to reduce aquatic vegetation densities, increase vulnerability of prey fish species
and benefit growth rates and restore wild rice populations.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Minerva Lake (2670600) 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|
|2670600||Minerva Lake||074023||Minerva Lake - Minerva Lake||8/16/1979||8/16/1979||Map||Data|
|2670600||Minerva Lake||10001921||Minerva Lake||9/5/2000||4/26/2022||Map||Data|
|2670600||Minerva Lake||073095||Minerva Lake - Deep Hole||7/11/1995||8/21/2022||Map||Data|
|2670600||Minerva Lake||10030961||Minerva Lake -- Minerva Dam Canoe Access||7/2/2011||7/2/2011||Map||Data|
|2670600||Minerva Lake||073057||Minerva Lake - Deep Hole||5/5/1998||9/27/2022||Map||Data|
Minerva Lake is located in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River watershed which is 208.95 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.90%), wetland (19.60%) and a mix of open (8.80%) and other uses (6.80%). This watershed has 99.73 stream miles, 13,740.17 lake acres and 23,442.16 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.