"Lake Irving is a 419 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 8 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Walleye. The lake's water clarity is low." [From the DNR Website, 2010.] Additional information from the DNR site: Bottom: 40% sand, 10% gravel, 5% rock, 45% muck. Hydrologic Lake Type: DRAINAGE. Latitude, Longitude: 46.06131630, -89.47367380. Fish: Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Walleye. Trophic Status: Eutrophic.
There is one boat landing on the lake, shared with Ballard Lake. Access is from the Camp Two Road where it crosses the Ballard-Irving Thoroughfare. From that point a boat may travel either to Ballard or Irving Lake.
Lake Irving is a traditional Native American source for wild rice. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission tracks the health of the rice on the lake and acts to improve it as possible. See notes about wild rice under the Miscellany tab.Charles P. ForbesJune 10, 2001
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WILD RICE SEEDING
In 1998 GLIFWC reported the following wild rice seeding activity GLIFWC Admin Rpt 10-09 July 2010:
Name: Berkhahn Flowage, Mead Wildlife Area
Location: South-Central Marathon County
Seed Source: Irving Lake, Vilas County (93 pounds); Lake Alice, Lincoln County (58 pounds); Spider Creek Flowage, Langlade County (52 pounds), Big Lake Thoroughfare (20 pounds)
Summary: 223 pounds of seed purchased by GLIFWC with WDNR and COF funds was seeded on this flowage by the WDNR in the second consecutive seeding effort.
WILD RICE 2017
GLIFWC reported in August, 2017, that the wild rice outlook for Lake Irving was poor for this season--in keeping with predictions about much of Vilas and Oneida counties, and following similar patterns in 2016. Irving will be closed for ricing in 2017.
WILD RICE 2018
GLIFWC reported a wild rice crop failure on Lake Irving in 2018. The lake was closed for ricing in 2018 GLIFWC Webpage
WILD RICE 2019 and 2020
DNR emails announced the Irving would be closed to ricing in 2019 and 2020.
AIS BOAT INSPECTIONS
The DNR website provides this data for Irving Lake:
Years: 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011
Boats Inspected: 37 / - / 3 / 22 / 146
People Talked to: 87 / - / 27 / 47 / 285
Manhours used: 8 / - / 2 / 4 / 97
Refer to the link "AIS Boat Inspections"