Fish and Aquatic Life
Lake Watosah, in the Lower Oconto River Watershed, is a 271.66 acre lake that falls in Menominee County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A hard water drainage lake having alkaline, clear water of moderate transparency. Littoral materials consist principally of sand with some muck. Margin of meadow type wetland borders most of the lake basin merging into an upland of pine, aspen, oak and white birch. Springs located on the north shore. Inlet from Skice Lake and outlet flows to Wolf River. No developments on the shore line. Tertiary company road adjoins lake on the north shore. Northern pike, largemouth bass and pan fish comprise the known fish population. The marsh areas bordering the inlet and outlet streams are suitable spawning areas for northern pike. Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Menominee County Watosah Lake - T-28-N, R-16-E, Section 19 Surface Area = 48.8 acres, S.D.F. = 1.48, Maximum Depth = 36 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.
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|
|339900||Skice Lake||10003979||Watosah Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||10043832||Legend Lake - Watosah E (Herbicide Monitoring Site Wat3)||5/20/2015||6/21/2017||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||403009||Legend Lake - Deep Hole||7/24/1988||8/26/2009||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||10029680||Legend Lake - Skice Lake - Deepest Spot||6/25/2008||10/19/2020||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||10043831||Legend Lake - Watosah Center (Herbicide Monitoring Site Wat2)||5/20/2015||6/9/2015||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||10043830||Legend Lake - Watosah W (Herbicide Monitoring Site Wat1)||5/20/2015||6/21/2017||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||403106||Legend Lake - Wah-Toh-Sah Basin Deep Hole||6/7/2002||10/19/2020||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||10030879||Legend Lake -- Lodge Landing||5/2/2009||9/19/2020||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||10052562||Skice Lake - Beaver Bay||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||404007||Legend Lake - Legend Lake||8/1/1979||6/21/2017||Map||Data|
|339900||Skice Lake||10052563||Skice Lake - Medicine Hat Bay||Map||Data|
Skice Lake is located in the Lower Oconto River watershed which is 196.48 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (33.70%), agricultural (25.80%) and a mix of wetland (23.90%) and other uses (16.60%). This watershed has 314.34 stream miles, 3,972.16 lake acres and 24,684.40 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.