Fish and Aquatic Life
UPDATE--Public access is available by fishing pier and boat ramp in Phantom Glen Park in Mukwonago.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Lower Phantom Lake is an impoundment on the Mukwonago River at Mukwonago created by a dam of approximately 8-foot head. Northern pike, pan fish and largemouth bass comprise the fishery. Weed and algae control has been necessitated frequently in the shallower shore areas. Access is possible from several road ends, however, parking facilities are inadequate. A considerable Portion of the west shore is classed as deep marsh in wetlands inventory and the inlet valley is primarily marshland.
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Waukesha County Lower Phantom Lake T5N, R18E, Sections 26 and 35 Surface Acres = 166, S.D.F. = 1.81, Maximum Depth = 10 feet.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Lower Phantom Lake (765800) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was also assessed for chlorides and sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM chronic and acute listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. 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.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Conduct water quality sampling on the Mukwonago River
Since 1981 the Phantom Lakes Management District (PLMD) has sought to protect and improve the overall well-being of the Phantom Lakes (Upper and Lower) as well as educate lakeshore residents and the local citizenry on matters concerning land and lake use laws, boating safety issues, and general environmental aspects that might effect the lakes. The PLMD is responsible for fish stocking and monitoring the health of the various forms of wildlife that inhabit the lakes and they operate a harvester which attempts to maintain a delicate relationship between the desirable aquatic plant life and the noxious weeds that occasionally make life difficult for recreationists (from Phantom Lakes Management District Mission Statement).
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|765800||Lower Phantom Lake||683260||Lower Phantom Lake - Deep Hole||9/5/1979||9/4/2019||Map||Data|
|765800||Lower Phantom Lake||10007188||Lower Phantom Lake||8/6/1980||9/15/2017||Map||Data|
|765800||Lower Phantom Lake||10052760||Phantom Lake Shoreline - County Highway ES||7/27/2017||7/27/2017||Map||Data|
|765500||Mukwonago River||10053112||Mukwonago River wetlands||7/10/2015||7/10/2015||Map||Data|
|765800||Lower Phantom Lake||10053112||Mukwonago River wetlands||7/10/2015||7/10/2015||Map||Data|
|765800||Lower Phantom Lake||10017608||Lower Phantom Lake -- Access||6/24/2002||8/10/2019||Map||Data|
Lower Phantom Lake is located in the Mukwonago River watershed which is 86.21 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (28.40%), agricultural (22.80%) and a mix of suburban (16.90%) and other uses (31.90%). This watershed has 63.38 stream miles, 2,340.41 lake acres and 4,822.44 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.