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Bad Axe LaCrosse

Bad Axe LaCrosse.

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Bad Axe LaCrosse Basin

Bad Axe Basin Water

Bad Axe Basin. © WDNR, 2010

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.

Basin Resources

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.

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Watershed, Water Details

Click the links below to find water resource information for specific watersheds and their waters.

Watershed Name/View DetailsWatershed Code/MapWatershed SizeLists (Streams, Lakes, Bays & Harbors)CountiesWater Management Unit (WMU)Major Drainage System
Bad Axe River BL02 195.49 mi 2 BL02 Water Lists VernonBad Axe - La CrosseMississippi River
Coon Creek BL03 238.2 mi 2 BL03 Water Lists La Crosse, Monroe, VernonBad Axe - La CrosseMississippi River
Little La Crosse River BL05 240.79 mi 2 BL05 Water Lists La Crosse, MonroeBad Axe - La CrosseMississippi River
Lower La Crosse River BL04 145.46 mi 2 BL04 Water Lists La CrosseBad Axe - La CrosseMississippi River
Rush Creek BL01 240.16 mi 2 BL01 Water Lists Crawford, Grant, VernonBad Axe - La CrosseMississippi River
Upper La Crosse River BL06 126.12 mi 2 BL06 Water Lists MonroeBad Axe - La CrosseMississippi 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

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