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Silver Lake, 2018
Photo by Vince Miller.
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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: Jaret Paltzer

Location/Directions: U.S. Highway 151, Town of Manitowoc Rapids. Take Highway 151 West from Interstate 43 approximately 1 mile. Driveway to the South.

Accessibility: 44′ 4’23.87″N / 87′ 43′ 51.75″W

Surface Area: 73 acres

Shorelength: 2.3 mi

Depth: Max 43′, Mean 16′

Bottom: 0% sand, 15% gravel, 0% rock, 85% muck

Type of Lake: Deep Seepage. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.

Restrictions: Motors, except for electric motors, are restricted from the lake by Town ordinance. Read the Wisconsin handbook

Recreational Features: Silver Lake provides an excellent opportunity for families to fish from shore or by boat. The lake is home to large mouth bass, northern pike, perch and panfish. The wooded margins and the woodchip Kiranaqui trail along the creek offer the delights of hiking and bird watching, especially at the time of the spring and fall migration of warblers. The wayside park and boat launch ramp at Silver Lake have been developed on 12 acres of land leased to Manitowoc County by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Holy Family Convent. The park offers an excellent family picnic area, complete with a shelter, grills, tables and toilet building, as well as a new playground (2018). A new boat launch and pier were installed in 2017 for launching canoes, sailboats and rowboats.

ADA Accessibility/Parking: Not ADA accessible. The slope to the boarding dock exceeds the maximum allowable for ADA purposes.

Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.

Manitowoc County Map and Photos: http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/county-parks/silver-lake/


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:

Verified: Hybrid Eurasian / Northern Water-Milfoil (2010), Rusty Crayfish (no date given), Eurasian Water-Milfoil (2008).
Observed: Purple Loosestrife (2015)


Fishing Regulations:

  • Fish present: Northern Pike (Common), Largemouth Bass (Present), Panfish (Common).
  • Management: Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Panfish.
  • View complete Silver Lake regulations at DNR
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
    • Catfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
  • Open 5/5/2018-3/3/2019:
    • Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 18″ Limit 1 total.
    • Northern Pike: 32″ Limit 1.
    • Walleye: 18″ Limit 3.
  • 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.

Fish Stocking:

DNR Fishing Survey Reports:

2015 DNR Silver Lake Fish Survey Report
2012 DNR Silver Lake Fish Survey Report

 

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
2016 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED LARGE FINGERLING 4,313 2.20
2015 NORTHERN PIKE MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES SMALL FINGERLING 6,798 2.92
2015 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 3,073 1.70
2013 NORTHERN PIKE MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES SMALL FINGERLING 6,780 2.91
2013 WALLEYE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS SMALL FINGERLING 1,344 2.00
2012 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED LARGE FINGERLING 3,400 3.00
2012 WALLEYE ROCK-FOX SMALL FINGERLING 1,045 2.50
2012 NORTHERN PIKE MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES SMALL FINGERLING 6,790 2.69
2011 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 1,494 1.90

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DNR Species Summary (2015):
Number of fish caught during the 2015 spring electroshocking
Survey Date: 05-13-2015/Gear: Electrofishing
species Size range Average Length Number
Black Bullhead 4
White Sucker  —  — 1
Walleye  354 mm- 508 mm  439 mm 3
Golden Shiner  —  — 1
Bluegill  50 mm- 181 mm  130 mm 13
Largemouth Bass  389 mm  389 mm 1
Northern Pike  280 mm- 733 mm 19
Yellow Perch  120 mm- 200 mm 141
Brown Bullhead  187 mm 187 mm 1
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 99 mm- 111 mm 105 mm 2
Black Crappie 77 mm- 82 mm 80 mm 2
Green Sunfish 83 mm 83 mm 1

 

DNR Species Summary (2012):
Number of fish caught during the 2012 spring electroshocking
Survey Date: 05-07-2012/Gear: Electrofishing
species 0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 >29 Total
Black Bullhead 4
White Sucker 1
Common Carp 2
Walleye 6
Golden Shiner 3
Bluegill 3
Largemouth Bass 19
Northern Pike 19
Yellow Perch 5

 

There’s a fair population of northern pike in Silver Lake, and if you’re willing to work and do some sorting, you can catch some that are pretty respectable. The lake’s northern lobe has some good weed edges to cast to with crankbaits or live bait. You can also try around the islands. As is the case with northerns, you’ll have to work to find a large crappie, but fish up to 11 inches or so have been sampled in the past. Fish the edges of the deep holes with minnows or jig-and-minnow combinations. You can also take an occasional brown or brook trout in Silver Creek off the lake’s north end.

—Kiel Bait & Gun, 1148 6th St., Kiel, WI 53042, (920) 894-3836


Condition: FAIR

    • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 59/Eutrophic (Source: Wisconsin DNR)
    • Secchi Disk (2018): Average summer reading = 1.5 ft. SE Georegion average = 6.9 ft. Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as MURKY and GREEN. This suggests that the secchi depth may be mostly impacted by algae. Algal blooms are generally considered to decrease the aesthetic appeal of a lake because people prefer clearer water to swim in and look at. Algae are always present in a balanced lake ecosystem. They are the photosynthetic basis of the food web. Algae are eaten by zooplankton, which are in turn eaten by fish.  
      a graph of lake clarity
    • Chemistry (2018): The average summer Chlorophyll was 66.1 µg/l (compared to a Southeast Georegion summer average of 31.6 µg/l). The summer total Phosphorus average was 87.3 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) (2018): 66/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 blue-green algae become dominant and algal scums are possible, extensive plant overgrowth problems possible. 

View Secchi Disk graph on the DNR website

Based on Wisconsin DNR data from volunteer readings taken on 7 different days in May-August 2018.


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 documents:

Silver Lake Manitowoc report 12-19-2008

Updated: November 8, 2018 — 11:39 pm

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  1. Under Recreational Features it says the majority of the fish that are caught are rough fish, this is not true any more since 2001 the lake was completely killed and the creek was diverted from going into the lake and all game fish were replanted, over 2000,000 of them. The park also offers a 1100 foot wood chip trail in the woods and along the creek. There is also a playground for the children (put in in 2018). The concret boat landing is gone and a new boat launch and pier installed (2017).
    I am one of the volunteers that have worked with the reopening of the park since 2006

    1. Thanks Vincent! Grateful for the info! We will make those edits ASAP and if you have a photo of the new playground, we’d love to include it?

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