Fish and Aquatic Life
Nancy Lake, in the Lower Namekagon River Watershed, is a 757.27 acre lake that falls in Washburn County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Nancy Lake is a 772 acre seepage lake with good water quality. The lake has an extensive
amount of development and has a well organized lake association. The lake has the distinction
of being one of the first lakes in the Northwest District to be infested with Eurasian watermilfoil.
This exotic plant has established itself near a former resort with an access ramp, and
has established peripheral colonies in the main lake basin. The potential for nuisance growth is
significant, however a diverse and abundant native plant population, with good water quality may
prevent Eurasian milfoil from dominating the lake. The Nancy Lake Association should pursue
a Lakes Planning Grant to monitor the levels of milfoil infestation and prepare itself for
potential milfoil management practices.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lake Nancy (2691500) 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.
Best Management Practices, Implement
Lake Nancy Protective Association will implement best practices described in Wisconsin's 2014-2017 Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan. Practices include: fish sticks and 350 feet2 native plantings on 3 lakeshore properties. The best practices require a contract to remain in effect for 10 years and must include minimum operation and maintenance requirements and data collection as described in grant condition #17.
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy/Kimball Lake CBCW & Education Project||2009|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy/Kimbal Lake Boat Monitoring & Education||2006|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Town of Minong Lake Fair-2011||2011|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Town of Minong 2015 Clean Boats Clean Waters Project||2015|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Town of Minong Clean Boats Clean Waters 2013||2013|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Minong 2017 Nancy Lake & Minong Flowage CBCW||2017|
|Fish Propagation Actions||2001|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy/Kimball Lake CBCW & Education Project||2011|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy Permit Fee Reimbursement||2011|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Town of Minong Clean Boats Clean Waters Project 2014 (9 Lakes)||2014|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Town of Minong 2020 CBCW (Gilmore, Horseshoe, Nancy, Kimball, Sand, Flowage)||2020|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Town of Minong Lake Fair||2009|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: HLK-Nancy Lake Healthy Lakes Project||2015|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Nancy Lk Prot Permit Fee Reim||2015|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy/Kimball Lake Boat Monitoring & Education Project||2007|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy/Kimball Lakes CBCW & Education Project||2012|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy Aquatic Plant Management Plan||2018|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Nancy Lake APM Plan & Nancy/Kimball Boat Monitoring Project||2008|
|TOWN OF MINONG: Minong Town Lakes AIS Prevention & Control Project||2011|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Nancy Lake Eurasian Watermilfoil Weevil Study||1996|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lk. Nancy Plant & Water Quality Survey, Lake Management Plan||2000|
|LAKE NANCY PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nancy Point Intercept Survey||2017|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||663151||Lake Nancy - Site B - Deep Hole Se Basin||5/25/2002||7/27/2020||Map||Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||663008||Lake Nancy - North End -Ep||5/7/1976||4/13/1977||Map||Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||10018271||Lake Nancy - Access at Mosquito Dr||5/30/2007||6/13/2011||Map||Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||10006700||Nancy Lake||7/1/1991||10/8/2020||Map||Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||663009||Lake Nancy - South End -Ep||5/7/1976||4/13/1977||Map||Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||10019878||Lake Nancy -- Ramp - Nr Three Mile Rd||Map||Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||663155||Lake Nancy - Site A at Big Lake||9/16/2001||9/21/2020||Map||Data|
|2691500||Lake Nancy||10018246||Lake Nancy -- Access - off Karling Ct||6/15/2000||9/7/2020||Map||Data|
Lake Nancy is located in the Lower Namekagon River watershed which is 239.34 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (73.10%), wetland (15.20%) and a mix of open (7.40%) and other uses (4.40%). This watershed has 172.53 stream miles, 12,590.30 lake acres and 21,781.64 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.