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Silver Lake News
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
Directions: U.S. Highway 151, Town of Manitowoc Rapids. Take Highway 151 West from Interstate 43 approximately 1 mile. Driveway to the South.
About Silver Lake
- Condition: Fair/Eutrophic read more
- Features: 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. No lighting, no potable water. Great 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. Developed on 12 acres of land leased to Manitowoc County by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Holy Family Convent.
- Boat Ramp: New ramp in 2017, 8% slope, 3 ft launch depth, boarding dock.
- Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
- ADA Accessibility Features: No. Not ADA accessible. The slope to the boarding dock exceeds the maximum allowable for ADA purposes.
- Restrictions: Electric motors only by Newton town ordinance.
Wisconsin boating handbook
- Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
- Surface Area: 73 acres
- Depth: Max 43′, Mean 16′
- Bottom: 0% sand, 15% gravel, 0% rock, 85% muck
- Shorelength: 2.3 mi
- 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.
- Lat/Long: 44′ 4’23.87″N / 87′ 43′ 51.75″W
Aquatic Invasive Species Threats
- Verified: Hybrid Eurasian / Northern Water-Milfoil (2010), Rusty Crayfish (no date given), Eurasian Water-Milfoil (2008).
- Observed: Purple Loosestrife (2015)
- Fish present: Northern pike, walleye, and bluegill common. Small perch present.
- View Silver Lake fishing regulations on DNR website
- Open All Year
- Panfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
- Catfish: Bag limit 10. No min length.
- Open 5/2/2020-3/7/2021:
- 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.
Stocking and DNR Surveys
|DNR Species Summary (2015):|
|species||Number||Length (ave.)||Number||Length (ave.)|
|Black Bullhead||101||5.7-14.5″ (12.7″)||3||3.6-13.8″ (10″)|
|Walleye||18||9.9-25″ (19.2″)||3||13.9-20″ (17.3″)|
|Bluegill||42||4.3-7.7″ (5.6″)||13||2-7.1″ (5.1″)|
|Northern Pike||526||8-30.7″ (22″)||19||11-28.9″ (20.7″)|
|Yellow Perch||279||4.4-8″ (6″)||141||4.7-8″ (5.4″)|
|Brown Bullhead||17||12.4-14.3″ (13.1″)||1||7.4″|
|Pumpkinseed Sunfish||5||3.7-4.4″ (4.1″)||2||3.9-4.4″ (4.1″)|
|Black Crappie||15||6-10″ (6.8″)||2||3-3.2″ (3.1″)|
DNR Conclusions from 2015 Survey:
- Northern Pike numbers high despite the 2014-2015 winter kill. Size minimum regulation is working to produce an excellent Northern Pike fishery. Growth rate greater than state average.
- Winter kill severely reduced Walleye numbers. Recommended to continue stocking Walleye on an alternate year basis.
- 2014-15 winter kill eliminated nearly all Bass from the lake. Stocking Largemouth Bass for three consecutive years is recommended.
- Recommend working with lake and county residents to explore options to reduce the number and severity of overtopping events that have plagued the lake since 2004 and to address the low dissolved oxygen levels during winter months.
- Recommend monitoring invasive species, including Eurasian Water Milfoil.
- No carp captured but large carcasses noted.
- Over 1000 Double Crested Cormorants noted roosting on trees surrounding lake during survey
|DNR Fish Stocking Data|
|Year||Species||Strain||Age Class||Number Stocked||Average Length (inches)|
|2019||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||1,812||2.70|
|2019||NORTHERN PIKE||MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES||SMALL FINGERLING||2,063||2.70|
|2017||WALLEYE||MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS||SMALL FINGERLING||2,539||1.70|
|2017||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||1,812||2.10|
|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|
Condition: FAIR (2019) Source
- 5-Year Average Trophic State: 62/Eutrophic
- Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 2 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.1 ft.)
Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as CLEAR and BROWN.
This suggests that the Secchi depth may have been mostly impacted by tannins, stain from decaying matter. Tannins are natural and not a result of pollution. Tannins can be distinguished from suspended sediment because the water, even though it’s brown, it looks clear, like tea. Though tannins are not harmful per se, they are often not perceived as aesthetically pleasing as clear water. Tannins can also be important for decreasing light penetration into the water and decreasing algal growth.
Average summer Chlorophyll 52.5 µg/l (SE Georegion average 32.8 µg/l).
Average summer Total Phosphorus 69.9 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 blue-green algae become dominant and algal scums are possible, extensive plant overgrowth problems possible.