Sparkling Lake is located within the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, Vilas County.
It is a seepage lake with predominantly sand and gravel substrate. It has a surface area of 64 hectare, 4.3 kilometers of moderately developed shoreline and a maximum depth of 20 meters.
2001 - 2003 Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) removal
Catherine L Hein, Brian M Roth, Anthony R Ives, and M Jake Vander Zanden. Fish predation and trapping for rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) control: a whole-lake experiment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 63(2): 383-393. https://doi.org/10.1139/f05-229
2002 - 2009 Smelt (Actinoperygii, Osmeridae) removal
Gaeta, J.W., Hrabik, T.R., Sass, G.G. et al. A whole-lake experiment to control invasive rainbow smelt (Actinoperygii, Osmeridae) via overharvest and a food web manipulation. Hydrobiologia 746, 433–444 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-014-1916-3
2020 Cisco (Coregonus artedi) introduction