Little Star Lake

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    Little Star Lake, which was called Mud Lake by the local population during the first half of the 20th century, is the upstream lake that feeds Star Lake through Little Star Creek. It lies between Ballard Lake and Star Lake. No lake feeds Little Star Lake, because the divide between the Wisconsin River watershed and the Chippewa River watershed goes between Ballard and Little Star Lakes.

    The lake overview on the DNR Website reads: "Little Star Lake is a 95 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 9 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public beach. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. The lake's water clarity is very low." Trust me, there is no beach on Little Star Lake, nor any convenient lake access, although boat access from several points along Highway K is possible. Additional information from the DNR site: Bottom: 60% sand, 20% gravel, 0% rock, 20% muck. Hydrologic Lake Type: DRAINAGE. Latitude, Longitude: 46.04805760, -89.48273650. Fish: Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. Trophic Status: Hypereutrophic.

    Charles P. Forbes
    March 4, 2012
  • Bibliography

    Major References

    ****. Famous Hunting and Fishing Grounds. Chicago, 1895. View Full Entry
    Anderson, Ken. Plum Lake Kicks Off $220,000 4-Year Plan to Manage Area Lakes. [Vilas County News Review, July 12, 2017, p. 9A.] Eagle River, 2017. View Full Entry
    Chicago and North Western Railway. Hunting and Fishing Resorts of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan reached by the Chicago and North Western Railway [Map]. Chicago, 1916. View Full Entry
    Heinrich, Paul. Swans Are Back for Another Breeding Season. [Edited email, April 20, 2020] Star Lake, 2020. View Full Entry (Full text available)

    Minor References

    Rose et al.. Water-Quality and Lake-Stage Data for Wisconsin Lakes, Water Year 2007. [US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008 - 1182] Middleton, WI, 2008. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Wisconsin DNR. Vilas County Lakes Directory. [From Wisconsin Lakes, Wis. DNR PUB-FH-800 2001] Eagle River, 2002. View Full Entry
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    An 1895 map published by Poole Bros., Publishers in Chicago, shows the lake's name to be Wickliffe Lake.


    The DNR Invasive Species Inventory for Vilas County Lakes, shown under LINKS in this Topic, 2011, shows these invasive species in this lake: Rusty Crayfish.

    A report in the *Vilas County News-Review, July 12, 2017, indicated a small infestation of Eurasian water milfoil. See Reference