Fish and Aquatic Life
West Alaska Lake is a 20-acre seepage/drainage lake with a maximum depth of 41 feet. Little is known about the water quality of this lake but both East and West Alaska Lakes are probably being enriched by polluted runoff. Largemouth bass, panfish and rainbow trout comprise the fishery. Some muskellunge are present, having migrated from East Alaska Lake. A county access site provides boat launching (no motors), parking and swimming. West Alaska Lake has a lake management organization.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1966, Surface Water Resources of Kewaunee County West Alaska Lake, T24N, R25E, Section 19 Surface Acres = 26.0, S.D.F. = 1.60, Maximum Depth = 38 feet.
A small brown water seepage lake of moderate alkalinity with an outlet to East Alaska Lake. The fishery is comprised of largemouth bass, panfishes, and rainbow trout, with muskellunge present, having entered from East Alaska Lake. A county access site with launching and parking provides 180 feet of public frontage. Boats may be rented on the lake. Waterfowl make moderate use of the lake and some nesting has been reported.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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.
Kewaunee County proposes to conduct a county-wide inventory, analysis and classification of its surface water resources with the intent to develop a comprehensive land use and resource protection plan. This grant will go to aid in the development of that plan that pertains to the Krohn's and Three Mile/Alaska Lakes and watersheds and will address ordinance concerns specific to the needs of those lake resources. A public involvement and education program will be developed and accompany project development.
Engage Volunteers in Monitoring/Restoration
Basin should initiate a self-help lake monitoring effort on West Alaska Lake.
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|
|94300||West Alaska Lake||10003115||West Alaska Lake||6/1/1993||8/30/2017||Map||Data|
|94300||West Alaska Lake||10019457||West Alaska Lake -- Access at Park Nr Cth D||6/23/2013||6/18/2015||Map||Data|
|94300||West Alaska Lake||313170||West Alaska Lake - Deep Hole||8/5/1992||10/24/2020||Map||Data|
West Alaska Lake is located in the Ahnapee River watershed which is 135.58 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (49.80%), wetland (19.80%) and a mix of grassland (19.50%) and other uses (10.80%). This watershed has 189.28 stream miles, 5,768.81 lake acres and 15,037.67 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.
This watershed is 50.00% impervious.