Fish and Aquatic Life
Red Lake, Lower (Weed Dam Pond), in the Red River Watershed, is a 193.54 acre lake that falls in Shawano County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1968, Surface Water Resources of Shawano County Weed Dam Pond, T27N, R14E, Section 2 Surface Acres = 207.2, S.D.F. = 2.78, Maximum Depth = 25 feet.
A hard water impoundment on the Red River having slightly alkaline, light brown water of low to moderate transparency. Most of the shoreline is upland (95 percent) with limited areas of wetland adjoining the basin. No evaluation was made of littoral materials, but sand is probably the predominant littoral material with muck and probably some areas of gravel and rock. At the time of field inspection the flowage area was in the process of being completed, thus limiting field observations to that of the proposed flowage area. The data provided on the physical features should be re-evaluated upon the filling of the basin. Regarding the fishery resource, it can be expected that the fish species that will inhabit this impoundment will be similar to those found in the Gresham Pond. Thus, northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, smallmouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, pumpkinseed, and black bullhead will probably inhabit this impoundment. Provided conditions are suitable, brown trout may also inhabit this area particularly during the cold months of the year. Impoundment will probably be utilized by puddle ducks and diving ducks on their spring and fall migrations. Public access without nearby parking and that of the navigable water type will be available. Presently there are no developments located on the immediate shoreline. Water levels will be maintained by a watercontrol structure that is reported to have a head of approximately 25 feet and is owned by the Village of Gresham.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||593071||Lower Red Lake - Deep Hole||6/2/1993||8/21/2018||Map||Data|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||10019378||Lower Red Lake -- Access at NW Part Of Lake Nr Lake Dr||10/5/2016||10/5/2016||Map||Data|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||10005739||Lower Red Lake||11/1/1994||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||593023||Embarrass River North Branch - Bowler Stp||5/10/1984||5/10/1984||Map||Data|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||10014950||Lower Red Lake_General Lake Station||Map||Data|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||593025||Red River - Gresham Stp||9/30/1980||8/15/1984||Map||Data|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||10019379||Lower Red Lake -- Access||7/2/2011||5/26/2019||Map||Data|
|327800||Lower Red Lake||10019638||Lower Red Lake -- Access - SE End Lake - Lower Lake Rd||8/1/2018||8/30/2019||Map||Data|
Lower Red Lake is located in the Red River watershed which is 207.12 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (54.20%), wetland (20.40%) and a mix of agricultural (15%) and other uses (10.30%). This watershed has 206.51 stream miles, 785.38 lake acres and 24,271.01 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.