Fish and Aquatic Life
George Lake is located in the Town of Bristol in south central Kenosha County. Portions of the Towns of Bristol and Salem lie within the area tributary to George Lake. George Lake is a drained lake, having no continuously flowing inlet but with a flowing outlet, and, as such, is not primarily groundwater-fed but relies on precipitation and direct drainage from the surrounding land as the principal sources of its water. The mean depth of the Lake is about seven feet and the maximum depth is about 16 feet. George Lake has a volume of approximately 390 acre-feet, and a surface area of about 59 acres
The tributary area draining to the Lake is about 2,187 acres. Although it is a drained lake, it does have two intermittent inlets, both draining lands located to the west of the Lake and USH 45 in the Towns of Bristol and Salem: the first, located along the western shore of the Lake, drains a marsh and lowland area; the second, located along the southwestern shore of the Lake, drains a large marsh complex. George Lake is drained through an outlet located at the northeastern corner of the Lake that connects by way of a small unnamed stream to the Dutch Gap Canal, a tributary to the Des Plaines River. Water levels in George Lake are maintained by a small impoundment located at this outlet.
Author Aquatic Biologist
George Lake is a small, warm water seepage lake is managed for northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. It receives drainage from Paasch Lake and Barber Pond to the west. Chemical rehabilitation was attempted in 1968 to remove carp and stunted panfish, but was unsuccessful because of reintroductions from waters above and by verified unlawful stocking by a local resident. The lake currently has problems of too many carp and slow-growing bluegills, but there are good populations of largemouth bass and northern pike. Netting surveys indicate that northern pike use the marsh on the south side of the lake for spawning. Duck hunting for teal and mallards is popular in the fall. George Lake has a concrete sill type control structure which maintains a head of 3.0 ft. Access is possible from several rights-of-ways with limited parking.
Source: 1982, Surface Water Resources of Kenosha County George Lake, TlN, R21E, Section 20, 29. Surface Acres = 59.0, Maximum Depth = 16.0 ft, Secchi disc = 1.0 ft.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The Wisconsin Trophic State Index rating, as calculated from data taken by the Citizen Lake Volunteer Monitor on George Lake, classifies the lake as eutrophic.
Aquatic Plant Diversity
George Lake supports a healthy and diverse aquatic plant community, with up to 11 different species of submerged aquatic plants within the lake. Of these species, two are considered invasive Eurasian Water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), and Curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus). Measures to control these invasive plants are conducted every year by the George Lake Rehabilitation District. These measures include herbicide and mechanical control.
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|
|735100||George Lake||10043567||George Lake - NE (Herbicide Monitoring)||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||10043568||George Lake - SE (Herbicide Monitoring)||Map||Data|
|734900||Unnamed||10045234||Phragmites Occurrence - George Lake||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||303056||George Lake - Deep Hole||7/4/1988||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||10017778||George Lake -- Access at 106th St Bristol ||8/16/2013||6/29/2014||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||10045234||Phragmites Occurrence - George Lake||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||10003081||George Lake||6/17/1977||9/15/2017||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||10034444||North Shore of George Lake||7/18/2011||7/18/2011||Map||Data|
|734900||Unnamed||10045235||Phragmites Occurrence - George Lake||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||304001||George Lake - George Lake||9/5/1979||9/5/1979||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||10043569||George Lake - SW (Herbicide Monitoring)||Map||Data|
|735100||George Lake||10045235||Phragmites Occurrence - George Lake||Map||Data|
George Lake is located in the Des Plaines River watershed which is 133.34 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (57.90%), suburban (11%) and a mix of wetland (8.90%) and other uses (22.30%). This watershed has 216.36 stream miles, 755.01 lake acres and 7,194.07 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.This water is ranked High Lake for individual Lakes based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.