Fish and Aquatic Life
Thunder Lake, in the Middle Peshtigo and Thunder Rivers Watershed, is a 132.63 acre lake that falls in Marinette County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1975, Surface Water Resources of Marinette County Thunder Lake, T32N, R18E, Section 15 Surface Acres-134.5, Secchi Disk-19 feet, Maximum Depth-62 feet.
A hard water drainage lake having slightly alkaline, clear water of high transparency. The littoral zone is composed of sand and small amounts of gravel, boulder, muck, silt and marl. The shoreline is-90 percent upland consisting of mixed hardwoods and 10 percent wetland of shrub bog. The outlet flows to the Thunder River. The fish population inhabiting the lake includes largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, green sunfish, perch, rainbow trout, brook trout, yellow bullhead, white sucker and forage species. Waterfowl make limited use of this lake. Marinette County maintains a public access site with parking at the south end of the lake. Thirty-six dwellings and one resort are located on the shoreline.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Thunder Lake (WBIC 533600) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting these designated uses and was 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.
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|
|533600||Thunder Lake||383096||Thunder Lake - Deep Hole||11/3/1980||8/17/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10018992||Thunder Lake -- Access at S End Of Lake ||5/31/2010||7/3/2015||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052525||Thunder Lake - EE-1||5/31/2019||6/2/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052521||Thunder Lake - WI-2||6/4/2019||6/8/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052523||Thunder Lake - EI-2||5/31/2019||6/2/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052524||Thunder Lake - EE-2||5/31/2019||6/2/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052526||Thunder Lake - WE-1||6/4/2019||6/8/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10003749||Thunder Lake||6/1/1991||4/27/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052522||Thunder Lake - EI-1||5/31/2019||6/2/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052527||Thunder Lake - WE-2||6/4/2019||6/8/2019||Map||Data|
|533600||Thunder Lake||10052520||Thunder Lake - WI-1||6/4/2019||6/8/2019||Map||Data|
Thunder Lake is located in the Middle Peshtigo and Thunder Rivers watershed which is 193.54 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (76.90%), wetland (15.10%) and a mix of agricultural (2.90%) and other uses (5.00%). This watershed has 251.85 stream miles, 1,120.60 lake acres and 16,300.88 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.