Fish Passage at Round Lake | Fishing Pier
The Round Lake Dam on our Pike Lake Chain is a barrier to upstream movement of fish. The DNR fisheries biologist and the US Forest Service fisheries biologist are interested in investigating the potential for a fish passage at the dam. This is in the very early planning stages and would be a very big project if undertaken and could take upwards of two years or more to complete. There is a chance that the project could start in 2018 but a more realistic timeline would be 2019.
The US Forest Service (USFS) staff are monitoring both water levels and flows above and below the dam. They will continue to do so through the spring of 2017. This information is needed in order to establish minimum flows needed to maintain good fish habitat year-round. The DNR electrofished the South Fork of the Flambeau at several sites below the dam to update fish community information. They didn’t find any invasive fish species.
The US Forest Service is continuing its work to investigate installing a fish passage on the South Fork of the Flambeau and into Round Lake of the Pike Lake Chain.
The consultant has come up with a conceptual design, but it hasn’t been analyzed or developed into a proposal yet.
The Lake Association is exploring the idea of placing an ADA-compliant fishing pier somewhere on chain. We are currently looking at the federal boat landing on Round Lake.
The Forest Service position that would work on this project is currently vacant, so work cannot be done until filled. May happen first half of 2020.