Fish and Aquatic Life
Chute Pond, in the Lower North Branch Oconto River Watershed, is a 433.06 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 Chute Pond, T31N, R16E, Section 36
A hard water impoundment (drainage lake) on the North Branch of the Oconto River having slightly alkaline, light brown water of low transparency. The shoreline is 100 percent upland, consisting of mixed hardwoods and conifers. The littoral zone is 48 percent muck, 40 percent sand, 5 percent gravel, 5 percent rubble, and 2 percent boulder. Waterfowl make moderate use of this flowage on their spring and fall migrations. The fish population consists of northern pike, walleye, muskellunge, largemouth bass, panfish and forage species. Oconto County provides public access with parking. One hundred eighty-four dwellings, two resorts, two private campgrounds, one boat rental, and a county campground with 100 units are located on the shoreline. The dam maintains a head of 13 feet and is owned by Oconto County.
Surface Acres = 417.0, Maximum Depth = 18 feet, Secchi Disk = 5 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.
Best Management Practices, Implement
Partnering with property owners, Chute Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District #1 is sponsoring a grant to implement water quality and habitat best practices from Wisconsin's Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan. Best practices, including fish sticks, 350 sq. ft. native plantings, diversions, rock infiltration, and/or rain gardens, will be designed and installed according to the Healthy Lakes fact sheets, technical guidance and grant application.
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|
|462520||Chute Pond||10019795||Chute Pond -- Access - Kingston Road||7/21/2013||8/15/2020||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10004131||Chute Pond||8/27/1997||10/26/2018||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10018949||Chute Pond -- Field House Access||5/8/2005||8/11/2021||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10019973||Chute Pond -- Access Nr W South Shore Dr||8/22/2004||8/18/2018||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10054179||Chute Pond Limno curtain herbicide concentraion monitoring||6/2/2021||6/6/2021||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10055040||Chute 4||6/2/2021||6/6/2021||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047736||Chute Pond Residual Monitoring Site 1||5/19/2017||6/3/2019||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047738||Chute Pond - Bonita Bay middle sample site||5/19/2017||6/3/2019||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10052462||Chute Pond - CP2||5/29/2019||6/18/2019||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10054941||Chute 3||6/2/2021||6/6/2021||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047770||Chute Pond - Y camp outside treatment area||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10014993||Chute Pond Lakeshore Ln||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047741||Chute Pond Y camp middle sample site||5/20/2017||6/16/2017||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047855||Chute Pond Residual Monitoring - dam||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||433366||Chute Pond at Deepest Area||5/12/1997||8/24/2021||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10018948||Chute Pond -- South Access||5/29/2009||11/9/2016||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10054938||Chute 1||6/2/2021||6/6/2021||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10052461||Chute Pond - CP1||5/29/2019||6/18/2019||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047740||Chute Pond Y Camp North sample site||5/20/2017||6/16/2017||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047742||Chute Pond Y Camp South sample site||5/20/2017||6/16/2017||Map||Data|
|462520||Chute Pond||10047743||Chute Pond Bonita Bay South sample site||5/19/2017||5/26/2017||Map||Data|
Chute Pond is located in the Lower North Branch Oconto River watershed which is 389.28 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (68.90%), wetland (22.60%) and a mix of agricultural (2.90%) and other uses (5.70%). This watershed has 410.78 stream miles, 5,377.75 lake acres and 51,397.21 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.