Fish and Aquatic Life
Silver Lake, in the Otter Creek and Rat River Watershed, is a 316.59 acre lake that falls in Forest County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Forest County Silver Lake, T36N, R14E, Sec. 35 Surface Acres = 320, Maximum depth = 20 feet, Secchi disk = 15 feet.
A soft water drained lake having neutral, clear water of high transparency. The predominant littoral material is sand (80 percent) with the remainder being muck (15 percent) and gravel (5 percent). Fish present are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, perch, bluegill, black crappie, rock bass, pumpkinseed, black bullhead, brown bullhead and whitesucker. Waterfowl make considerable use of this lake during their spring and fall migrations. Two public access sites have been provided, one located on the west shoreline, the other on the north shore off of Highway 8. Shoreline development includes 77 dwellings, 3 resorts and 10 boat rentals. A navigable outlet flows to the Rat River.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Silver Lake (555700) 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.
ATTAINS Water Identified for Protection
Partnering with property owners, the applicant 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|
|555700||Silver Lake||10019031||Silver Lake -- Access Off Silver Lake Rd And Silver Lake Loop Rd||8/14/2004||9/16/2017||Map||Data|
|555700||Silver Lake||213017||Silver Lake - Deep Hole||6/8/1992||8/28/2016||Map||Data|
|555700||Silver Lake||10002622||Silver Lake||9/24/1998||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Silver Lake is located in the Otter Creek and Rat River watershed which is 141.51 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (73.60%), wetland (20.50%) and a mix of open (2.70%) and other uses (3.10%). This watershed has 139.69 stream miles, 2,907.05 lake acres and 15,033.81 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.