Fish and Aquatic Life
Lost Lake, in the Beaver Dam River Watershed, is a 246.98 acre lake that falls in Dodge County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1965, Surface Water Resources of Dodge County Lost Lake T11N, R13E, S8
A shallow, winterkill lake located in a marshy trough between drumlins. Mainly seepage fed, the lake has a ditched, intermittent outlet to Beaver Dam Lake. Littoral materials consist of muck and sand, which contribute to keep turbidity high. Annual freeze-out conditions limit the fishery to bullheads and forage minnows. Mallards, black ducks, blue-winged teal, and coot are known to nest along its shores, and it is common to see 100-500 each of puddle ducks, diving ducks, and coot during the migrations. Hunting is permitted. Two dwellings are located on the shoreline, and public access is provided by two town roads which abut the lake. Neither provides a boat launching ramp, or an adequate parking area.
Surface Acres = 256, S.D.F.= 1.29, Maximum Depth = 5 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lost Lake (837100) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data overwhelmingly exceed 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use.
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.
Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.
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|
|837100||Lost Lake||10045506||Phragmites Occurrence - Lost Lake||7/15/2015||9/22/2017||Map||Data|
|837100||Lost Lake||10019503||Lost Lake -- Town Park||6/5/2012||9/30/2013||Map||Data|
|837100||Lost Lake||10020087||Lost Lake -- Boat Ramp||6/5/2012||9/30/2013||Map||Data|
|837100||Lost Lake||143275||Lost Lake - Deepest Spot||6/11/1980||4/12/2015||Map||Data|
|837100||Lost Lake||10001270||Lost Lake||7/27/1999||9/22/2014||Map||Data|
Lost Lake is located in the Beaver Dam River watershed which is 290.25 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (62.90%), wetland (13.80%) and a mix of grassland (9.50%) and other uses (13.90%). This watershed has 421.30 stream miles, 3,607.03 lake acres and 29,349.96 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.