Ballard Lake is a drainage lake with predominantly sand and gravel substrate and a moderate density walleye population. It has a surface area of 505 acres, 5.5 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 25 feet. (From DNR Ballard Lake Fisheries Information Sheet, 2011). Information from the DNR Website: Bottom 60% sand, 20% gravel, 5% rock, 15% muck. Hydrologic Lake Type: DRAINAGE. Latitude, Longitude: 46.06081870, -89.49849780. Trophic Status: Eutrophic.
There is one boat landing on the lake, shared with Lake Irving. Access is from the Camp Two Road where is crosses the Ballard-Irving Thoroughfare. From that point a boat may travel either to Ballard or Irving Lake.Charles P. ForbesMarch 4, 2012
Comprehensive ReferencesOwen, David Dale and Joseph G.Norwood. Report of a Geological Survey of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Philadelphia, 1852. View Full Entry
Major ReferencesAddis, James. Wild Area Timber Sales Review. Madison, 1994. View Full EntryBokern, James. Canoe Routes of the Chippewa. [M.S. Thesis] Stevens Point, 1987. View Full Entry (Full text available)Jackson and Warye. St. Germain, Sayner and Star Lake etc.. Presque Isle, WI, 2004. View Full EntryMcComas, Steve. White Birch-Ballard-Irving Lakes Vilas County, Wisconsin, Lake Management Plan. Star Lake, 2000. View Full EntryWells, Robert. Daylight in the Swamp. Ashland, 1987. View Full EntryWisconsin DNR. Lake: Ballard. [Fisheries Information Sheet] Madison, 2011. View Full Entry (Full text available)Wisconsin DNR. NHAL State Forest Timber Sales. [Wisconsin DNR Website, Revision of April 3, 2017, and related papers] Madison, 2017. View Full Entry
Minor ReferencesFayram & Treska. Evaluation of the Efficacy of a 14-18 Inch Slot Limit for Walleyes in Northern W. [Research Report # 190, March 2010] Madison, 2010. View Full Entry (Full text available)Idler. Star Lake Breezes. [Minocqua Time, March 19, 1896] Minocqua, 1896. View Full Entry (Full text available)Morgan, Barb Long. What's Your Favority Lake? Results from Facebook Poll. [Lakeland Times,July 13, 2012, p. 25] Minocqua, 2012. 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
+++AIS BOAT INSPECTIONS
The DNR website provides this data for Ballard Lake:
Years: 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011
Boats Inspected: 42 / 51 / 59 / 355 / 291
People Talked to ; 96 / 112 / 124 / 871 / 660
Manhours used: 15 / 15 / 22 / 107 / 127
Refer to the link "AIS Boat Inspections"
+++LOON POPULATION SURVEY LoonWatch’s Annual Lakes Monitoring Program Vilas County Ballard Lake
Year No. Adults No. Chicks 1985 2 2 1990 2 2 1995 2 2 2000 1 0 2005 1 0 2010 2 0 2015 0 0