Fish and Aquatic Life
Keller Lake, in the Pigeon River Watershed, is a 15.62 acre lake that falls in Waupaca County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Keller Lake is a hard water impoundment of the South Branch Pigeon River. Water levels are maintained by a 19-foot dam. The water is low in transparency and displays light brown color. Gravel, rock, and muck are the predominant littoral bottom types present. Fish present are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, sunfish, brown bullhead, brown trout, rainbow trout, and white sucker. A Waupaca County Park occupies the entire shoreline east of County Highway "G", which provides camping and picnic facilities and a boat landing. Other access is available from a boat landing. Other access is available from CTH "G" and from navigable water via the inlet and outlet. Other developments include one cottage. Filling of the basin with silt is a management problem for this lake. Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Waupaca County Keller Lake, T25N, R13E, Section 18, Surface Acres = 20.5, S.D.F. = 2.13, Maximum Depth = 13 feet
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.
Waupaca County proposes to purchase 36 acres of unimproved property located adjacent to Keller Lake for conservancy purposes.
Watershed Mapping or Assessment
Assemble and review existing information on the lake and its watershed to determine what additional information needs to be obtained on water quality and land use nutrient imputs. Conduct water quality monitoring for parameters and on schedule as described in the application. Conduct aquatic plant survey.
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|
|297100||Keller Lake||10007379||Keller Lake||7/27/1999||9/3/2020||Map||Data|
|297100||Keller Lake||693048||Keller Lake - Deep Spot||8/24/1994||10/25/1995||Map||Data|
|297100||Keller Lake||10019272||Keller Lake -- Access||Map||Data|
Keller Lake is located in the Pigeon River watershed which is 116.32 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (35.30%), forest (28%) and a mix of wetland (20.40%) and other uses (16.30%). This watershed has 146.47 stream miles, 197.04 lake acres and 15,030.25 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.