Fish and Aquatic Life
Pleasant Lake, in the Sugar and Honey Creeks Watershed, is a 145.18 acre lake that falls in Walworth County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1961, Surface Water Resources of Walworth County,WI: WI-DNR Pleasant Lake, T-4-N, R-16-E, Surface Acres = 137, S.D.F. = 1.65, Maximum Depth = 29 feet.
A natural lake managed for largemouth bass and bluegills, with northern pike and walleyes present in lesser numbers but occasionally contributing to fish catches. A fairly regular basin, with the exception of a small bay on the northeast shore, which is landlocked and occupies a depression in the glacial drift. Shores are primarily sand and gravel, and as a result the lake has been quite popular for swimming; a Boy Scout camp and a Girl Scout camp own frontage and make heavy use of the lake Local ordinance provides a speed limit of 5 mph. Public access is adequate via a town park providing launching and picnic facilities. Boats are available at several rentals, mostly on the adjoining bay. A 10 acre bog lies at the southwest end.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Pleasant Lake (741500) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll sample data were clearly below FAL use listing thresholds and did not exceed REC listing thresholds. 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.
Lakes Planning Grant
The final report will contain the following elements: 1) results of a topographic survey for a parcel of land located due east of the Pleasant Lake outlet; 2) results of a wetland delineation if needed for a permit application; 3) a list of alternatives for replacement of the outlet pipe; 4) engineering calculations to size the outlet structure and pipe; 5) bid ready construction plans; 6) Federal, state and county permit applications and 7) map showing the locations of the lake level gauges and surveyed elevations.
Monitor Water Level
Habitat Restoration - Shoreland
Walworth County will continue the Walworth County Lakes Specialist position for one year. The Lakes Specialist will provide educational information to lake residents regarding shoreline stabilization and shoreline restoration. The Lakes Specialist will also design shoreline restoration projects for interested landowners, provide technical assistance to contractors and hold workshops on shoreland restoration.
Protect Riparian or Shorelands
Walworth County will implement the Shoreland Protection Initiative project that includes: 1. A baseline lakeshore inventory; 2. ten lakshore demonstration sites; 3. the preparation of lake lawn and yard nutrient management plans; 4. fact sheets on lakeshore stabilization, shoreland buffers, shoreland regulations and lawn care; 5. an annual lakeshore inventory and distribution of shoreland regulation materials; 6. formation of a Walworth Co. Lakes Association and meetings with and newsletter pertaining to Walworth Co. lakes; 7. Workshops, information packets and news articles pertaining to the Fox river Basin Partnership Team Lakes Initiative; and 8. the formation of the Walworth County Land Conservancy.
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|
|741500||Pleasant Lake||10006653||Pleasant Lake||3/16/1987||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|741500||Pleasant Lake||653217||Pleasant Lake - Deep Hole||7/19/1978||7/14/2022||Map||Data|
|741500||Pleasant Lake||10017568||Pleasant Lake -- Access||2/7/1994||8/30/2021||Map||Data|
|741500||Pleasant Lake||10041945||Pleasant Lake Northeast Bay||2/7/1994||2/7/1994||Map||Data|
Pleasant Lake is located in the Sugar and Honey Creeks watershed which is 166.22 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (55.30%), forest (15.10%) and a mix of wetland (10.90%) and other uses (18.60%). This watershed has 208.62 stream miles, 1,943.12 lake acres and 9,489.18 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.