Fish and Aquatic Life
Little Pickerel Lake, in the Lower North Branch Oconto River Watershed, is a 25.35 acre lake that falls in Oconto County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A hard water spring lake having slightly alkaline, clear water of moderate transparency. The shoreline is 50 percent upland, consisting of hardwoods and 50 percent wetland of coniferous bog. Littoral materials are muck (90 percent), sand (5 percent), gravel (3 percent) and rubble (2 percent). Waterfowl make little use of this lake. Floating and submergent aquatic vegetation are moderate in density over most of the littoral zone. The known fish population includes northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed and white sucker. Navigable water type public access is available via the outlet. One dwelling is located on the shoreline. Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Oconto County Little Pickerel Lake, T33N, R15E, Section 11 Surface Acres = 23.7, Maximum Depth = 23 feet, Secchi Disk 11 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Little Pickerel Lake (WBIC 475000) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and the 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.
Lake Management Plan Implementation
The Pickerel Chain Association proposes to install an aerator in Little Pickerel Lake. The project elements and deliverables are specified in the Pickerel Lake's Protection Grant application, dated February 1, 2017.
This grant will fund the installation of an aeration system in Little Pickerel Lake.
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|
|475000||Little Pickerel Lake||10043373||Little Pickerel Lake - Deep Hole||1/1/2015||2/26/2021||Map||Data|
|475000||Little Pickerel Lake||10001386||Little Pickerel Lake||7/27/1999||7/23/2015||Map||Data|
Little Pickerel Lake 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.