Fish and Aquatic Life
Potter Lake, in the Sugar and Honey Creeks Watershed, is a 154.64 acre lake that falls in Walworth County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Managed for largemouth bass, bluegills, and northern pike. This is a fairly shallow, remnant lake, with low shores to the east and west and an intermittent marshy outlet. Major use problems are weeds, algae, stunted panfish, and occasional partial winterkills. A carp population was eradicated in 1932, and the lake restocked; without an efficient grazing fish, weeds began to dominate the basin and present management problems appeared. Extensive weed treatment is presently necessitated if open water is desired, and control of pan fish may be required for effective management of the fish populations. Adequate access is provided by a state-owned access site and boats are available at one resort which also maintains a beach and picnic grounds. All high frontage has been developed. It is unlikely that the 100 acres of wetland contiguous to the shore will ever be altered for development.
Source: 1961, Surface Water Resources of Walworth County,WI: WI-DNR Potters Lake, T-4-N, R-18-E, Surface Acres = 157, S.D.F. = 1.22, Maximum Depth = 26 feet.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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.
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.
The Town of East Troy will acquire approximately 24 acres west of Potter's Lake for lake protection and outdoor recreation purposes. Eligible costs include the acquisition of the parcel, appraisal fee and survey costs.
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|
|753800||Potter Lake||653296||Potter Lake - Deepest Spot||6/13/2001||4/22/2016||Map||Data|
|753800||Potter Lake||10017997||Potters Lake -- Access Off County Hwy L||5/29/2005||9/9/2021||Map||Data|
|753800||Potter Lake||10006664||Potter Lake||6/1/1993||9/15/2017||Map||Data|
|753800||Potter Lake||653220||Potter Lake - Middle of Lake||7/13/1978||10/7/2020||Map||Data|
Potter 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.