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Bad Axe LaCrosse Basin
About the Basin
The Bad Axe - La Crosse River Basin in southwest Wisconsin contains numerous scenic vistas from hilltops and beautiful stream valleys. This basin's steep-forested hillsides coexist with agricultural activities located mainly in the relatively level valleys. The last glaciers to flatten Wisconsin did not reach this part of the state. Consequently, this basin is drained by a highly dendritic network of primarily cold, groundwater fed streams.
The Bad Axe River is tributary to the Mississippi, feeding this great river directly on the western shores of Wisconsin. The Bad Axe Basin is often grouped with the LaCrosse, Buffalo, Trempeleau Basins, and is part of the Great Western Rivers area of Wisconsin. Portions of Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon Counties lie within the Bad Axe - La Crosse River Basin. The basin contains 400 hundred miles of trout streams. These cold water streams are generally in good shape, but urban and rural stormwater runoff, barnyard runoff, and inadequate sod cover on streambanks contribute to water quality problems. Use the Surface Water Data Viewer to view Trout Stream Locations.
Watershed, Water Details
Click the links below to find water resource information for specific watersheds and their waters.
|Watershed Name/View Details||Watershed Code/Map||Watershed Size||Lists (Streams, Lakes, Bays & Harbors)||Counties||Water Management Unit (WMU)||Major Drainage System|
|Bad Axe River||BL02||195.49 mi 2||BL02 Water Lists||Vernon||Bad Axe - La Crosse||Mississippi River|
|Coon Creek||BL03||238.2 mi 2||BL03 Water Lists||La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon||Bad Axe - La Crosse||Mississippi River|
|Little La Crosse River||BL05||240.79 mi 2||BL05 Water Lists||La Crosse, Monroe||Bad Axe - La Crosse||Mississippi River|
|Lower La Crosse River||BL04||145.46 mi 2||BL04 Water Lists||La Crosse||Bad Axe - La Crosse||Mississippi River|
|Rush Creek||BL01||240.16 mi 2||BL01 Water Lists||Crawford, Grant, Vernon||Bad Axe - La Crosse||Mississippi River|
|Upper La Crosse River||BL06||126.12 mi 2||BL06 Water Lists||Monroe||Bad Axe - La Crosse||Mississippi River|
The Mississippi River, Neshoc Lake, Gill Coulee Creek, Adams Valley, Angelo Pond, Squaw Creek and an unnamed creek are currently on the state's list of impaired waters. Most of these waters are listed for sedimentation of the stream bottom and loss of instream habitat. Search impaired water details
Two watershed plans have been updated in this basin. These documents are updates to the Bad Axe LaCrosse Basin Plan (see below). Contact Dan Helsel, Watershed Supervisor for information.
State of the Basin (Basin Plan (2002)
Bad Axe LaCrosse Introduction
Chapter 1: Glossary, Preface, Executive Summary, Overview
Chapter 2: Land Resources
Chapter 3: Water Resources
Chapter 4: Individual Watersheds
Chapter 4 (No Maps)
Chapters 5 & 6: Priority Issues, Partners
Appendix a: Streams Tables
- Watershed Map [PDF]
Outfalls and Dams [PDF]
ORW/ERW and Impaired Waters [PDF]
Watershed Land Use [PDF]
Watershed Potentially Restorable Wetlands [PDF]
Contact Dan Helsel, Watershed Supervisor, for more information.
For more on the Bad Axe LaCrosse Basin West Central DNR Staff.
Surface Water Data Viewer (Hint: "Zoom To" the basin)
State Parks and Campgrounds
Wisconsin's State Forests
Waste Management Program Regional Contacts