Fish and Aquatic Life
Much of the shoreline of this warm water, seepage and drainage lake has been altered by dredging and filling. There are also numerous channels located on the east and south sides of the basin. For this reason much of its shoreline and contiguous lands are developed. Most of its watershed is still in agriculture but in recent years there has been an upsurge of urban development of farmland on its east side. The lake is managed for largemouth bass, northern pike, and panfish. The walleyes present are assumed to have migrated up from Camp Lake. In the past, both the DNR and local sportsmen have stocked northern pike fingerlings and adults in an effort to improve the northern pike fishery, but no known measurable increase can be attributed to these stockings. Marsh furbearers, principally muskrats, are common to the undeveloped shorelines and associated cattail marsh. Waterfowl are common, especially during spring and fall migratory flights. Public access is possible from a boat rental on the south side and a small town boat ramp with limited parking on the southwest corner.
Center Lake, TlN, R20E, Section 15, 16, 21,
Surface Acres = 120, Maximum Depth = 28 ft, Secchi disc = 4.5 ft
Source: 1982, Surface Water Resources of Kenosha County
Author Aquatic Biologist
Camp Lake (WBIC 747100) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus and chlorophyll 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.
Protect Riparian or Shorelands
Camp and Center P & R District intends to install a number of shoreland stabilizations measures on multiple properties on both Camp and Center lakes. The District also intends to install a number of BMP's on multiple properties draining to Camp and Center Lakes.
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|
|747100||Camp Lake||10017446||Camp Lake -- Access Off 113th St ||7/31/2012||7/4/2013||Map||Data|
|747100||Camp Lake||10017772||Camp Lake -- Access Nr 99th St ||Map||Data|
|747100||Camp Lake||10045147||Phragmites Occurrence - Camp Lake||9/26/2015||9/15/2017||Map||Data|
|747100||Camp Lake||10018364||Camp Lake -- Access at 101st St ||10/10/2012||10/10/2012||Map||Data|
|747100||Camp Lake||10003099||Camp Lake||6/1/1994||8/4/2016||Map||Data|
|747100||Camp Lake||10018365||Camp Lake -- Access at End Of 106th Pl ||8/17/2008||10/10/2012||Map||Data|
|747100||Camp Lake||303055||Camp Lake - Deep Hole||7/8/1989||9/16/2016||Map||Data|
Camp Lake is located in the Lower Fox River - Illinois watershed which is 114.04 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (45.20%), wetland (14.80%) and a mix of forest (12.60%) and other uses (27.50%). This watershed has 144.75 stream miles, 2,176.46 lake acres and 9,772.38 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.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.