Fish and Aquatic Life
Lake Nebagamon, in the Bois Brule River Watershed, is a 985.56 acre lake that falls in Douglas County. This lake is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 under the Fisheries Program. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Lake Nebagamon (2865000) was placed on the impaired waters list for Mercury in fish tissue in 2010. This water 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 lake is considered impaired for Fish Consumption use and meeting REC and FAL uses.
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.
ATTAINS Water Identified for Protection
Partnering with property owners, the applicant is sponsoring a grant to implement water quality and habitat best practices from Wisconsin's Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan. Best practices, including fish sticks, 350 sq. ft. native plantings, diversions, rock infiltration, and/or rain gardens, will be designed and installed according to the Healthy Lakes fact sheets, technical guidance and grant application.
ATTAINS Implementation Initiated
Village of Lake Nebagamon is sponsoring a project to implement engineered stormwater best practices at the lake's public boat landing downtown.
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|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: HLK-Lake Nebagamon Healthy Lakes Project||2017|
|VILLAGE OF LAKE NEBAGAMON: Information Collection & Dissemination of Local Lake Zoning Regulations||2004|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Healthy Lakes Project Lake Nebagamon||2018|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: HLK-Healthy Lakes Initiative - Lake Nebagamon 2019||2019|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Nebagamon Lake Association, Inc. 2019 CBCW||2019|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Project to Provide Education, Planning & Prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species||2011|
|VILLAGE OF LAKE NEBAGAMON: Lake Nebagamon Water Quality Monitoring & Watershed Survey||1992|
|LAKE NEBAGAMON SANITARY SEWER COM: Lake Nebagamon Management Planning Project||2012|
|Fish Propagation Actions||2001|
|VILLAGE OF LAKE NEBAGAMON: Lake Nebagamon Septic Systems Evaluation||1996|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nebagamon AIS Control Project||2006|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: AIS Prevention - Clean Boats, Clean Waters||2008|
|VILLAGE OF LAKE NEBAGAMON: LMI-Stormwater Runoff Boat Landing Lake Nebagamon||2017|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nebagamon 2015 Clean Boats Clean Waters Project||2015|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Nebagamon Lake Association, Inc. 2017 CBCW||2017|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Nebagamon Lake Association, Inc. 2018 CBCW||2018|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: Lake Nebagamon Clean Boats Clean Waters Project 2014||2014|
|NEBAGAMON LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.: AIS Education, Prevention, & Planning Project||2007|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2865000||Lake Nebagamon||163223||Lake Nebagamon - Northeast Bay At Lake Nebagamon WI||8/10/1993||8/10/1993||Map||Data|
|2865000||Lake Nebagamon||163224||Lake Nebagamon - Southeast Bay (Center) At Lake Nebagamon WI||8/10/1993||8/19/2014||Map||Data|
|2865000||Lake Nebagamon||163225||Lake Nebagamon - West Bay At Lake Nebagamon WI||8/10/1993||8/10/1993||Map||Data|
|2865000||Lake Nebagamon||163394||Lake Nebagamon - Big Bay - Deep Hole||8/23/1986||8/22/2019||Map||Data|
|2865000||Lake Nebagamon||163127||Lake Nebagamon - Deep Hole||7/10/1973||8/19/2014||Map||Data|
|2865000||Lake Nebagamon||10019052||Nebagamon Lake -- Access (Ravine Park Ln & Waterfront Dr)||5/4/2007||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|2865000||Lake Nebagamon||10001294||Nebagamon Lake||9/5/2000||4/25/2019||Map||Data|
Lake Nebagamon is located in the Bois Brule River watershed which is 199.64 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (72.30%), wetland (22.10%) and a mix of grassland (3.40%) and other uses (2.30%). This watershed has 220.94 stream miles, 3,539.94 lake acres and 18,373.66 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.