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Carstens Lake

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Carstens Lake News

    Valders Journal covers MCLA Guest Speaker Darren Kuhn

    Darren Kuhn has collected many stories in his career as a recreation safety warden, along with a strong desire for people to stay safe while having fun. Kuhn, who works for the state Department of Natural Resources, recently spoke to the Manitowoc County Lakes Association during a meeting in Manitowoc.

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Monitoring for AIS
Brian Robley uses the view scope to monitor for AIS as part of monthly surveillance.
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Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of and Copyright Sportsman’s Connection, based on Wisconsin DNR data. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  

MCLA Lake Director: Brian Robley

Directions: Town of Newton. Take Highway 42 South approximately 4 miles from Manitowoc to Carstens Lake Road. East .5 miles to driveway to the North.


About Carstens Lake

Lake Health

Recreation

  • Features: Parking for 15 car/trailer units, boat ramp, boarding dock, public toilet, lighting. No potable water.
  • Boat Ramp: Paved, 7% slope, 3 ft launch depth, boarding dock.
  • Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
  • ADA Accessibility Features: None. The approach to the boarding dock is not ADA accessible (August/2011).
  • Restrictions: Electric motors only. Slow-No-Wake Areas/Hours, Water Skiing Restrictions. Read the Wisconsin handbook
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
    http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/lake-access/carstens-lake/
  • Notes: Several years ago, the DNR poisoned off the lake and a fish weir was installed within the inlet stream to block off the spawning runs of rough fish from Lake Michigan. Adult northern pike and bass have been planted to restock the lake.

Statistics

  • Surface Area: 21 acres
  • Depth: Max 28′, Mean 12′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 0% gravel, 0% rock, 99% muck
  • Shorelength:  .8 mi
  • Lake Type: Deep Seepage. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.
  • Lat/Long: 44° 1′ 25.51″ N / 87° 45′ 57.25″ W


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:


Fishing

  • Fish present: Bluegill and Largemouth Bass.

Regulations

  • View complete Carstens Lake regulations at DNR
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: Daily bag limit 25. No min length.
    • Catfish: Daily bag limit 10. No min length.
  • Open 5/5/2018-3/3/2019:
    • Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 14″ Limit 5.
    • Northern Pike: 26″ Limit 2.
    • Walleye: 15″ Limit 5.
  • Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.
  • Familiarize yourself with Wisconsin fishing:
    WDNR Hook & Line Guide
  • Consumption Advisory: General Manitowoc County/Mercury. Click here.

Stocking and DNR Surveys

Summary of DNR Species Sampling (2015)
Number Size range
Bluegill 120 2.2-6.3″
Black Crappie 13 6.5-7.9″
Green Sunfish 1 4″
Largemouth Bass 47 7-18.3″
Yellow Perch 1 4.3″
Total 182

 

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
1999 NORTHERN PIKE LAKE PUCKAWAY LARGE FINGERLING 105 7.40
1999 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED SMALL FINGERLING 1,050 1.20
View more history

 


Condition: POOR (2018) Source

  • View Current Water Sampling Data on the Friends of Hika Bay website
  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 66/Eutrophic
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 5.25 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.4 ft.)
    Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as MURKY and GREEN. This suggests that the secchi depth may have been mostly impacted by suspended sediments, tiny particles of soil or organic matter that are suspended in the water. High suspended sediments are often found in flowages and impoundments where precipitation runoff from the watershed transports solids via an incoming stream.
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 55.4 µg/l (SE Georegion average 31.6 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 73.5 µg/l.
    Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l and impoundments that have more than 30 µg/l of total phosphorus may experience noticeable algae blooms.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI): 65/Eutrophic. What does this mean?
    Eutrophic lakes are high in nutrients and contain large populations of plants, algae, and fish, which often grow to nuisance levels, and the fish species are generally tolerant of warm temperatures and low oxygen conditions. Phosphorus can fuel algae blooms.This TSI usually suggests decreased clarity, fewer algal species, oxygen-depleted bottom waters during the summer, plant overgrowth evident, warm-water fisheries (pike, perch, bass, etc.) only. 


View TSI data graph on the DNR website

 


Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of and Copyright Sportsman’s Connection, based on Wisconsin DNR data. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  

Additional maps and documents of interest:

Wisconsin DNR 1999 Fishing Survey (PDF)

Wisconsin DNR 2010 Plant Survey (PDF)

 

Updated: February 14, 2019 — 2:10 pm

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