Fish and Aquatic Life
Rock River Water Quality Management Plan, Lower Rock River Appendix. WT-668-2002. South Central Region, WDNR.
Hunters Lake has a Lake Association that conducts extended volunteer monitoring and has just finished a scoping study to establish public access. A developer that owned property on the lake gave that property to the lake association for the public access site. A Lakes Planning Grant could be used to study the lake's septic systems. A lakes protection grant could help fund development of a local ordinance for stormwater planning and erosion control protection. The lake exhibits good water quality; projected urban development in the Village of Dousman, upstream, will, however, negatively affect the lake without proper planning and controls.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Waukesha County Hunters Lake T6N, R17E, Section 11
A small elongate drainage. lake on the Scuppernong Creek. The lake consists of two basins of nearly equal depth connected by shallow gravel-bottomed narrows. A low-head rock structure impounds water at the outlet. An additional inlet enters on the east side from marshland. The fishery consists of largemouth bass, northern pike and pan fish. The west shore is shallow, necessitating long piers. Weeds are a problem in this area. Numerous channels have been dredged on the east shore to provide lake access through lowland frontage. Public access is not available.
Surface Acres = 65, S.D.F. = 1.68, Maximum Depth = 36 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Hunters Lake (826300) 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 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.
Lakes Planning Grant
The Hunter Lake Association should apply for a WDNR lakes planning grant to study Hunter Lake's septic systems.
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|
|826300||Hunters Lake||10017556||Hunters Lake - Landing off Manor House Road||5/19/2018||8/26/2020||Map||Data|
|826300||Hunters Lake||10007238||Hunters Lake||6/1/1995||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|826300||Hunters Lake||683170||Hunters Lake - Upper||6/25/1994||6/29/2022||Map||Data|
|826300||Hunters Lake||10054912||Hunters Lake - Lower Basin Deep Hole||Map||Data|
|826300||Hunters Lake||683377||Hunters Lake - Deep Hole-Lower||6/25/1994||7/3/2022||Map||Data|
Hunters Lake is located in the Bark River watershed which is 185.84 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (29.90%), wetland (22.40%) and a mix of forest (15.20%) and other uses (32.50%). This watershed has 265.69 stream miles, 3,499.26 lake acres and 22,145.94 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.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.