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.
This project is currently on-hold.
The Kids Don’t Float project is a partnership between the DNR, the National Forest Service, the Prentice High School Shop Department, and our Pike Lake Chain Lakes Association. The below in this post show the four youth and the shop teacher who built the storage box as well as Mike Ida and the youth as they transported the unit to the Federal boat landing on Round Lake. The unit will house free loaner life jackets for boaters who need jackets. The other photos show the unit minus signage and the inside of the unit. The unit will ultimately store 36 life jackets of various sizes. We’re happy to make this project a reality and thank everyone who was involved!