Fish and Aquatic Life
Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond), in the Upper Crawfish River Watershed, is a 205.99 acre lake that falls in Columbia County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1965, Surface Water Resources of Columbia County Lazy Lake, (Fall River Millpond) T11N, R12E, Sections 26-27,
Surface Acres = 174, S.D.F. = 3.25, Maximum Depth = 6 feet
An impoundment of the Crawfish River at the village of Fall River. A village-owned dam of about 10-foot head maintains the water level. The water is clear and quite fertile. Panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike provide the fishery, with the lake being noted for producing good northern pike and bluegill fishing. Weeds and winterkill may be use problems. The lake was chemically treated to remove rough fish in 1958. A village park and two roads provide access for multiple use, and commercial facilities provide boats. About seven acres of wetland border the lake. Waterfowl make limited use of the area.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lake Management Plan for Lazy Lake, Fall River, WI, DRAFT, March 2009.
Fisheries survey: A fisheries survey was conducted by Laura Stremick-Thompson, South Central Region Fisheries biologist. Through follow-up conversations with Laura, she notes that Lazy Lake is very typical of the shallow eutrophic systems in the region, where almost all lakes are impoundments of deep marshes and are therefore expected to be eutrophic. Lazy Lake has traditionally been considered a very good sport fishery and is one of the better fisheries in the area. It supports healthy, naturally reproducing populations of northern pike, bluegill, and bass. Although the macrophyte species are predominantly invasives, they provide good habitat and cover for all life stages these sport fish species. No winter kills or summer kills have been documented, to her knowledge; there is a decent flow of good quality water moving through from the Crawfish River. Carp are present but are kept in check by the native species, and are not currently problematic. There is currently no evidence of an impairment for Fish and Aquatic Life Uses.
Aquatic inventory results: Curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian water milfoil are present at roughly 99% of all sites on the point intercept survey. Historically algal blooms have been a large issue on the lake but have reduced in frequency the last two years; the flooding of 2008 and temperatures of 2009 may have been a factor in those decreases.
Phosphorus: The P levels are extremely high, so far through 2009. The spring turnover Chlorophyll a for 2009 was 18 (Ã¬g/l)in late May and 24 (Ã¬g/l) in August. The Total Phosphorous in-lake on June 26th was ~210 Ã¬g/l and was around 70 Ã¬g/l at turnover. The phosphorus levels in the tributaries do not equal the sum of the total phosphorous in the lake. It is believed that some of the phosphorous in the lake is from watershed loading while the remainder is internal loading.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond) (843400) was placed on the impaired waters list for phosphorus in 2012. Lazy Lake was evaluated for phosphorus and algae every two years between 2012 and 2020. Phosphorus levels were found to be too high, which was reflected in algal blooms.
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
Aquatic Plant Monitoring or Survey
Aquatic Plant Management Plan
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Wastewater Monitoring or Management
Nutrient Budget Development
Water Quality Modeling
Best Management Practices, Implement
This project is an installation of nonpoint source best management practices to contribute to the restoration of Wisconsin's waters and was funded by the 319 grant. Specifically, the grantee will cost-share efforts by private landowners within the North Branch of the Crawfish River to address agricultural nonpoint sources of pollution through the installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) addressing sediment and nutrient loading into the impoundment of Lazy Lake and to address violations of the NR 151 Agricultural Performance Standards and Prohibitions relating to: erosion, tillage setback, phosphorus index, manure storage facilities-new/significant alterations, manure storage facilities-closure, manure storage facilities-existing failing/leaking, process wastewater handling, clean water diversions, nutrient management, prevention of overflow from manure storage facilities, prevention of unconfined manure piles in water quality management areas, prevention of direct runoff from a feedlot or stored manure into waters of the state, and prevention of unlimited livestock access.
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|
|843400||Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond)||10017570||Lazy Lake -- Access - Near Dam||8/30/2005||9/30/2013||Map||Data|
|843400||Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond)||10053103||Lazy Lake - N3171 Lazy Point Road||9/17/2019||9/17/2019||Map||Data|
|843400||Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond)||113075||Lazy Lake - Deep Hole||6/11/1980||8/27/2019||Map||Data|
|843400||Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond)||10001191||Lazy Lake||6/28/1978||3/22/2019||Map||Data|
|843400||Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond)||10017572||Lazy Lake -- Near Lazy Lake Rd||8/30/2005||9/30/2013||Map||Data|
|843400||Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond)||10017571||Lazy Lake -- Access - Sleepy Hollow Rd||5/30/2009||9/30/2013||Map||Data|
Lazy Lake (Fall R Millpond) is located in the Upper Crawfish River watershed which is 161.18 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (73.50%), wetland (10.70%) and a mix of grassland (7.40%) and other uses (8.30%). This watershed has 228.16 stream miles, 731.69 lake acres and 11,027.15 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.