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River Science
Investigations of condition and response help protect river health.
River Management
Projects and funding are critical for managing rivers.
River Protection
Science-based regulation is essential for river protection work.
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Lisa Helmuth
Water Quality Bureau
Division of Water

River facts

Wisconsin has more than 12,600 Rivers and streams that meander their way through 84,000 miles of varying terrain. About 32,000 miles of these streams perennially run, or continuously throughout the year; the remainder flow intermittently during spring and other high water times.

Anglers have accepted different regulations on several trout waters in return for having a greater chance of catching more fish or larger fish.

Anglers have accepted different regulations on several trout waters in return for having a greater chance of catching more fish or larger fish.

  • There are nearly 2,700 trout streams in Wisconsin; put end to end, they would stretch more than 10,370 miles.
  • The Mississippi River winds its way through about 200 miles of Wisconsin and drains the third largest area of land in the world. With its 250 tributaries and branches, the river drains 41 percent of the country’s water from all or part of 31 states.
  • More than 100 varieties of warm water fish are found in the Upper Mississippi.
  • Wisconsin Rivers and streams host about 4,700 dams of varying sizes, more than half of them owned by private individuals. The state owns 19 percent, and townships and county governments own 16 percent.
  • More than 50 percent of Wisconsin dams were built for recreational purposes, 13 percent to generate power, and 10 percent for fire control reasons or to create farm ponds.
  • Wisconsin has one of the longest free–flowing stretches of river, the Baraboo River, in the nation. The removal of four dams in the 1990s has allowed canoeists and other boaters to enjoy a 112–mile free flowing stretch of this river.
  • Wisconsin has nearly 1,600 stream and river miles designated as "outstanding" and recognized as the state’s highest quality water resources.
  • Kayakers and other whitewater enthusiasts will find 503 miles of whitewater rivers to challenge them.
Last revised: Friday December 30 2016