Fish and Aquatic Life
White Potato Lake, in the Little Peshtigo River Watershed, is a 1,023.37 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 White Potato Lake, T31N, R18E, Section 23 Surface Acres = 978.0, Maximum Depth = 11=feet, Secchi Disk = greater than 11 feet.
A medium hard water seepage lake having neutral, light brown water of moderate transparency. The shoreline is 75 percent upland, primarily of mixed hardwoods and conifers, and 25 percent wetland of the coniferous swamp type. Littoral materials consist of sand (50 percent), muck (45 percent), and gravel (5 percent). Waterfowl make moderate use of this lake on their spring and fall migrations. A heavy growth of rooted aquatic plants cause use problems in the summer. Fish species inhabiting this lake include muskellunge, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed and perch. This lake suffers from oxygen depletion during some winters, but is usually not severe enough to cause a complete winterkill. Public access with parking is available at three township and one county landing. Public access without parking is available at three township landings. One hundred, thirty-ninedwellings, one resort, one motel, one campground and one picnic site are located along the shoreline.
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|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10018943||White Potato Lake -- Access at The End Of Pike Rd||7/12/2008||6/20/2014||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10018946||White Potato Lake -- Access Nr White Potato Lake Rd||7/4/2013||6/13/2014||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10018947||White Potato Lake -- Access Nr White Potato Lake Rd||8/3/2014||8/17/2019||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10018944||White Potato Lake -- Access Nr Lake Drive||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10018945||White Potato Lake -- Access Nr Parkway Rd||7/25/2004||7/4/2014||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||433343||White Potato Lake - Deep Hole||5/27/1999||9/4/2020||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10019970||White Potato Lake -- Access Nr De Baker Ln||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10004133||White Potato Lake||7/1/1998||1/25/2019||Map||Data|
|515100||White Potato Lake||10034893||White Potato Lake -- Walker Bay||6/17/2011||6/17/2011||Map||Data|
White Potato Lake is located in the Little Peshtigo River watershed which is 158.43 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (34.20%), wetland (26.90%) and a mix of forest (22.80%) and other uses (16.00%). This watershed has 206.41 stream miles, 2,168.89 lake acres and 24,619.22 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.