Fish and Aquatic Life
Spooner Lake, in the Shell Lake and Upper Yellow River Watershed, is a 1,132.46 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
This 1092 acre drainage impoundment is located on the Yellow River just upstream from the
City of Spooner. The lake basin is relatively shallow and rooted aquatic vegetation is abundant
throughout much of the flowage. A lake district has been formed around this lake and a Lakes
Planning Grant project to assess private sewage disposal systems on the lakeshore is currently in
progress. This lake community should be encouraged to develop a comprehensive lake
management plan to preserve and protect the critical natural resource areas while providing for
the maximum water recreational usage possible.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Spooner Lake (2685200) 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|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037934||Spooner Lake south near wetland area||6/27/2002||6/27/2002||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037939||Spooner Lake ~ 750 ft south of Deep Hole||6/27/2002||6/27/2002||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10018114||Spooner Lake -- West Landing - Nr Cth H||5/26/2007||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||663153||Spooner Lake - Deep Hole||5/18/1948||8/25/2019||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037935||Spooner Lake south part of south bay||6/27/2002||6/27/2002||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037941||SPOONER LAKE AUX SITE||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||663154||Spooner Lake - Near South Island||7/11/2001||8/25/2019||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10018272||Spooner Lake -- East Landing - Nr Mann Rd||9/24/2003||8/27/2017||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037936||Spooner Lake center of south bay||6/27/2002||8/25/2004||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037942||Spooner Lake AUX Site||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10046728||Phragmites Occurrence - Spooner Lake||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10006704||Spooner Lake||9/5/2000||7/26/2019||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037937||Spooner Lake near entrance to south bay||6/27/2002||6/27/2002||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037938||Spooner Lake south of large island||6/27/2002||6/27/2002||Map||Data|
|2685200||Spooner Lake||10037940||Spooner Lake AUX Site - SE||Map||Data|
Spooner Lake is located in the Shell Lake and Upper Yellow River watershed which is 166.67 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56.10%), agricultural (12.10%) and a mix of grassland (11%) and other uses (20.70%). This watershed has 118.54 stream miles, 5,764.04 lake acres and 9,834.60 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.