Fish and Aquatic Life
West Pickerel Pond is a hard water spring lake having neutral, clear water of very high transparency. The littoral zone is composed of muck (40 percent), sand (40 percent) and gravel (20 percent). The shoreline is 95 percent upland, composed of hardwoods and scattered conifers and 5 percent shrub meadow wetland. The outlet stream flows to the South Branch of the Pemebonwon River. Known fish species inhabiting this lake include northern pike, largemouth bass, perch and bluegill. Waterfowl make limited use of this lake. There is no public access. One dwelling is located on the shoreline. Source: 1975, Surface Water Resources of Marinette County West Pickerel Pond, T36N, R19E, Section 11 Surface Acres-12.2, Secchi Disk- 21 feet, Maximum Depth-39 feet
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|644000||West Pickerel Pond||10003881||West Pickerel Pond||7/27/1999||7/29/2017||Map||Data|
West Pickerel Pond is located in the Pemebonwon and Middle Menominee Rivers watershed which is 290.80 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.30%), wetland (25.90%) and a mix of grassland (6.20%) and other uses (3.70%). This watershed has 341.53 stream miles, 1,078.33 lake acres and 37,891.92 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Unknown for runoff impacts on streams, Unknown for runoff impacts on lakes and Unknown for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Unknown. 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.