Fish and Aquatic Life
, in the Lower Oconto River Watershed, is a 96.43 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 clear, alkaline water of high transparency. Littoral material consists of muck. Shores are generally marshy with considerable areas of sedge mat and cattails, particularly on the north shore. Northern pike, largemouth bass and pan fish are of chief interest to anglers. An occasional trout is caught which apparently enters the lake from the major inlet. Two inlets are located on the north shore. The outlet stream flows to lake number 17-3d (T-28-N, R-16-E) and provides a water trail to Little Blacksmith, Blacksmith, Sapokesick, Pywaosit and Moshawquit Lakes. Heavy development of aquatic vegetation. Beaver and muskrat are present. Waterfowl make limited use of the lake. Preservation of adjoining marsh areas is essential ff northern pike spawning areas are to be retained. No developments are presently located on the shore line, however, Menominee Enterprises, Inc, has donated 45 acres of laud on the east shore to Menominee County to be utilized as a 4-H Youth Camp. Company tertiary road adjoins the lake on the northwest shore. Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Menominee County Pestiga Lake - T-28-N, R-16-E, Section 17 Surface Area = 38.4 acres, S.D.F. = 1.16, Maximum Depth = 34 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|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||10043837||Legend Lake - Pestiga N (Herbicide Monitoring Site Pes1)||5/21/2015||6/20/2017||Map||Data|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||10042199||Legend Lake - Peshtiga (Herbicide Monitoring - Site 3)||5/30/2014||6/26/2014||Map||Data|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||10043839||Legend Lake - Pestiga S (Herbicide Monitoring Site Pes3)||5/21/2015||6/20/2017||Map||Data|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||10042196||Legend Lake - Peshtiga (Herbicide Monitoring Site 1)||5/30/2014||6/26/2014||Map||Data|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||403108||Legend Lake - Peshtigo Basin Deep Hole||6/12/2002||5/24/2022||Map||Data|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||10042197||Legend Lake - Peshtiga (Herbicide Monitoring Site 2)||5/30/2014||6/26/2014||Map||Data|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||10003981||Pestiga Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|340200||Pestiga Lake||10043838||Legend Lake - Pestiga Center E (Herbicide Monitoring Site Pes2)||5/21/2015||6/20/2017||Map||Data|
Pestiga 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.