Fish and Aquatic Life
Rolling Stone Lake, in the Lily River Watershed, is a 682.14 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 Rolling Stone Lake T-34-N, R-12-E, Sec. 13, Surface Acres = 671.9, Maximum Depth 12 feet, Secchi Disk = 7 feet.
A medium hard water drainage lake having slightly alkaline, light brown water of moderate transparency. The immediate shoreline is upland (60%) of hardwoods and conifer and wetland (40%) of bog, shrub, conifer, and marsh. The littoral materials are composed of sand (45%), gravel (20%), muck (15%), detritus (15%), and rubble (5%). The fish population consists of northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, muskellunge, rock bass, perch, black crappie, pumpkinseed, and white sucker. Submergent aquatic vegetation is dense, floating vegetation is moderate and emergent vegetation is sparse. The lake has four inlets and the outlet stream, Pickerel Creek, flows to Pickerel Lake. A public boat landing with parking has been provided. Developments on the shoreline include 60 dwellings, 3 resorts, and 3 boat rentals. A rock roller type water control structure is located at the outlet. Of the 4.80 miles of shoreline, 0.2 mile is public frontage controlled by the Department of Natural Resources.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Rolling Stone Lake (389300) was placed on the impaired waters list for excess algal growth due to an unknown pollutant. The 2018 assessments showed continued excess algal growth; new chlorophyll-a sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use. Total phosphorus data did not exceed the Recreation use or Fish and Aquatic Life use listing thresholds. Based on the most updated information, no change in the existing impaired waters listing was needed.
Author Ashley Beranek
Rolling Stone Lake (389300) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; chlorophyll sample data exceed 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use, however, total phosphorus data do not exceed REC thresholds. Total phosphorus and chlorophyll data do not exceed Fish and Aquatic Life 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|
|389300||Rolling Stone Lake||10003155||Rolling Stone Lake||8/22/1988||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|389300||Rolling Stone Lake||343125||Rollingstone Lake - Inlet||8/3/1973||1/24/1975||Map||Data|
|389300||Rolling Stone Lake||343126||Rolling Stone Lake - Deep Hole||8/3/1973||9/17/2020||Map||Data|
|389300||Rolling Stone Lake||10022234||Rolling Stone||Map||Data|
|389300||Rolling Stone Lake||10019012||Rolling Stone Lake -- Access||6/6/2008||10/17/2016||Map||Data|
Rolling Stone Lake is located in the Lily River watershed which is 209.47 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (72.20%), wetland (18.90%) and a mix of open (4.20%) and other uses (4.80%). This watershed has 161.31 stream miles, 4,248.79 lake acres and 18,178.21 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.