Fish and Aquatic Life
Tichigan Lake, in the Middle Fox River - Illinois Watershed, is a 279.00 acre lake that falls in Racine County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Managed for northern pike, largemouth bass, and bluegills. This lake directly adjoins the "widespread" of the Fox (Illinois) River and is therefore host to a rough fish problem arising in the river. As part of a very fertile watershed, its shallows are heavily vegetated. For the purpose of this report the name Tichigan Lake is used in referring only to the deep lake basin east of the widespread of the Fox (Illinois) River. Public access is afforded only by way of the navigable inlet from the river; however, there are three establishments renting boats. Frontage is almost 100 percent developed save for marshy areas. To the west of this lake lies the Tichigan Marsh encompassing 772 acres around the "widespread". Source: 1961, Surface Water Resources of Racine County Tichigan Lake, Surface Acres = 268, S.D.F. = 2.07, Maximum Depth = 63 feet, (T-4-N, R-19-E, sec. 11, 12, 13, 14).
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Tichigan Lake (WBIC 763600) was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2012 and for PCBs in 2014. The 2018 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; new total phosphorus sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. Chlorophyll-a sample data clearly exceeded the REC use thresholds, but clearly met the FAL use thresholds. Based on the most updated information, no change in the existing impaired waters listing was needed.
Author Ashley Beranek
Tichigan Lake (763600) was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2012 and for PCBs in 2014. The 2016 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data exceeded 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use. Total phosphorus and chlorophyll data do not exceed Fish and Aquatic Life thresholds. Based on the most updated information, no change in existing impaired waters listing is needed.
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.
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|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021666||Tichigan Lake - E||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||523175||Fox River (Il) - Tichigan Lk||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10014810||Tichigan Lake||6/8/1994||8/8/1994||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021671||Tichigan Lake - J||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021663||Tichigan Lake - B||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021665||Tichigan Lake - D||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021667||Tichigan Lake - F||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021670||Tichigan Lake - I||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|742500||Fox River||10021669||Tichigan Lake - H||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10022225||Tichigan Lake||6/19/1979||7/7/2015||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||523122||Tichigan Lake - Deep Hole||9/19/1973||9/4/2019||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10017732||Tichigan Lake -- Access Off Tichigan Rd ||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10017994||Tichigan Lake -- Access Off Tichigan Rd And Sunrise Dr ||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10007846||Tichigan Lake||6/1/1979||9/15/2017||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021662||Tichigan Lake - A||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021664||Tichigan Lake - C||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
|763600||Tichigan Lake||10021668||Tichigan Lake - G||7/10/2007||7/10/2007||Map||Data|
Tichigan 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.This water is ranked High Lake for individual Lakes based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.