Fish and Aquatic Life
Moose Lake, in the Red River Watershed, is a 113.11 acre lake that falls in Langlade County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Langlade County
Moose Lake T-30-N, R-12-E, Sec. 16,
Surface Acres = 105.4, Maximum Depth = 20 feet, Secchi Disk= 12
A hard water drainage lake having slightly alkaline, clear
water of moderate transparency. The immediate shoreline is
hardwood upland (60%) with the remainder being wetland (40%) of
bog, shrub, and conifer. The entire lake basin is covered with
muck. Fish species inhabiting this lake include brook and brown
trout, largemouth bass, northern pike, perch, pumpkinseed, black
crappie, black bullhead, white sucker, creek chub, golden shiner
and common shiner. The lake is used by migrating and nesting
waterfowl. Forbearers using the lake include muskrat, otter, and
mink. Submergent aquatic vegetation is moderate, while floating
vegetation is sparse. A group of five spring ponds with connecting
channels are located on the northwest corner of the lake. The main
inlet and outlet streams are a part of the Red River. Developments
on the shoreline include 22 dwellings and a county park. A public
boat access with parking is located on the north shore. A second
boat landing with limited parking is located on the south shore. A
total of 0.23 mile of the lake's 2.20 miles of shoreline is public
and in Langlade County ownership.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Moose Lake (WBIC 337600) was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2014 as a Two-Story Fishery Lake. Subsequently the lake has been reclassified by fisheries biologists as a Shallow Lowland Lake, not Two-Story Fishery. This changed the TP criteria used. This lake was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting these designated uses and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Moose Lake (337600) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data exceed 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use, however chlorophyll data do not exceed REC or FAL thresholds.
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.
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|
|337600||Moose Lake||343153||Moose Lake - Deep Hole||6/8/2002||7/21/2020||Map||Data|
|337600||Moose Lake||10019022||Moose Lake -- Access - South Side of Lake||Map||Data|
|337600||Moose Lake||10019023||Moose Lake -- Access - North Side of Lake||11/29/2010||9/1/2019||Map||Data|
|337600||Moose Lake||10003304||Moose Lake||7/27/1999||5/4/2019||Map||Data|
|337600||Moose Lake||10043747||Moose Lake - Staff Gage||5/16/2015||11/7/2019||Map||Data|
|337600||Moose Lake||10043616||Moose Lake Station gage||5/16/2015||10/26/2019||Map||Data|
Moose 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.