Fish and Aquatic Life
Kelly Lake, in the Little River Watershed, is a 366.86 acre lake that falls in Oconto County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Oconto County Kelly Lake, T29N, R19E, Section 6
A hard water drainage lake having slightly alkaline, clear water. The shoreline is primarily upland with only limited areas of wetland fringe. The littoral zone is composed of 65 percent sand, 25 percent muck and 10 percent gravel. Waterfowl make limited use of this lake. The fish population consists of northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, rock bass, black crappie, perch and bullhead. The Town of Maple Valley provides public access with parking. Two hundred dwellings, one resort and a park area are located on the shoreline. A dam on the outlet maintains a head of 2 feet and is controlled by Oconto County.
Surface Acres = 361.3, Maximum Depth = 41 feet, Secchi Disk = not determined
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Kelly Lake (446600) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water is meeting these designated uses and is not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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.
Control Invasive Species
Done by Mark Marks and six other volunteers
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|
|446600||Kelly Lake||433283||Kelly Lake - Deep Hole||7/29/1982||8/31/2021||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10018938||Kelly Lake -- Access at Cth G And Bernadette Rd||7/12/2008||9/19/2021||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10047749||Kelly Lake - Residual Monitoirng Site 3||5/4/2017||5/4/2017||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10018935||Kelly Lake -- Access Nr Cth G And Kelly Lake Rd||8/13/2010||6/3/2021||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10047748||Kelly Lake - Residual Monitoring Site 2||5/4/2017||5/4/2017||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10047750||Kelly Lake - Residual Monitoirng Site 3||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10018934||Kelly Lake -- Access Nr Cth G And Holiday Inn Rd||7/25/2004||7/25/2004||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10047746||Kelly Lake - Residual Monitoring Site 1||5/4/2017||5/4/2017||Map||Data|
|446400||Unnamed||10047749||Kelly Lake - Residual Monitoirng Site 3||5/4/2017||5/4/2017||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10018936||Kelly Lake -- Access at Kelly Lake Rd Nr Round Lake||8/31/2013||7/30/2018||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10041439||Kelly Lake - Boat Landing||8/2/2015||8/2/2015||Map||Data|
|446600||Kelly Lake||10004132||Kelly Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Kelly Lake is located in the Little River watershed which is 210.34 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (40.60%), wetland (31.40%) and a mix of grassland (13.50%) and other uses (14.60%). This watershed has 318.76 stream miles, 2,483.26 lake acres and 36,144.77 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.