Fish and Aquatic Life
Managed for largemouth bass and bluegills, over 10 percent of this lake basin is covered by less than three feet of water, and as result weeds, algae, and partial winterkills are major use problems. Carp are also present in problem numbers. This lake also supports white bass, an uncommon fishery in the lakes of Racine County. Access is provided by three town roads, one of which is bordered by a small town park. There are five boat rental facilities of which three are resorts. The shore is about 75 percent developed, the remainder being mostly lowland incapable of development. A 30 foot wide concrete impounding structure about 4 feet in height was constructed in 1958 to replace an older wooden structure that impounded 2 feet of water. Scattered marshlands and the large marsh below the lake outlet account for 196 acres.
Source: 1961, Surface Water Resources of Racine County Eagle Lake, Surface Acres = 509, S.D.F. = 1.37, Maximum Depth = 15 feet, (T-3-N, R-20-E, sec. 21, 22, 27, 21).
Author Aquatic Biologist
This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data overwhelmingly exceed 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use, and chlorophyll data exceed REC thresholds. Total phosphorus and chlorophyll data do not exceed Fish and Aquatic Life thresholds.
Author Aaron Larson
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.
Lake Management Plan Development
The Eagle Lake Management District will undertake a whole lake restoration project in cooperation with the DNR, Racine County, the Town of Dover and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). The goals of the restoration include a balanced fishery, improved water quality, reduced nuisance levels of Eurasian water milfoil and restoration of native aquatic plant species.
Educate and engage residents
The Eagle Lake Property Owners Improvement Association is undertaking a project to educate land owners of both lakeshore and streamshore properties of the benefits of shoreland restoration. The major goal of the project will be to install buffer strips along all of the tributaries to the lake and to install buffer strips along various portions of the lake shore.
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|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10017730||Eagle Lake -- Access Nr Minnetonka And Seminole Dr ||5/4/2013||9/4/2019||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10029394||Eagle Lake C.||4/26/2010||6/15/2016||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10029393||Eagle Lake B.||4/26/2010||8/23/2010||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10042177||Eagle Lake at Deep Hole near Kansasville WI||6/29/2013||6/15/2016||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||523137||Eagle Lake - Nw Corner||7/5/1991||7/5/1991||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10017728||Eagle Lake -- Access at Eagle Rd ||6/3/2006||8/23/2014||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||523085||Eagle Lake Stp||3/1/1983||3/23/1983||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10017727||Eagle Lake -- Access at Eagle Lake Park Rd ||5/12/2007||9/2/2019||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10007843||Eagle Lake (Racine County)||10/5/1963||8/30/2017||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||523131||Eagle Lake - Deep Hole||4/19/1990||10/23/2019||Map||Data|
|759800||Eagle Lake||10029392||Eagle Lake A.||4/26/2010||6/15/2016||Map||Data|
Eagle Lake is located in the Middle Fox River - Illinois watershed which is 247.72 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (35.50%), suburban (19.20%) and a mix of wetland (16.20%) and other uses (29.10%). This watershed has 316.41 stream miles, 6,810.35 lake acres and 22,750.85 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.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.