Central Wisconsin River Basin

Description

Friendship Lake, Adams County. Courtesy of Adams County.
Friendship Lake, Adams County. Courtesy of Adams County.

About the Basin

The Central Wisconsin Basin is a subset of the entire Wisconsin River corridor, located in Central Wisconsin. The Central Wisconsin Basin extends south from the Merrill dam located on the Wisconsin River in Lincoln County to the Castle Rock Flowage Dam in Juneau and Adams Counties. The Wisconsin River is divided into three segments distributing the workload equally between three WDNR regions and offices. The basin is 4,021 square miles with an estimated population of 301,599 (+/- 1%). The Central Wisconsin River Basin is comprised of 29 watersheds. A watershed is an area of land that is drained by a waterway that flows to a lake, reservoir or river. The watershed boundary line is defined as a topographic dividing line from which surface streams flow in two different directions.

The Central Wisconsin River Basin contains numerous scenic vistas including rock outcroppings and flowages. This basin is characterized by agricultural activities throughout the basin with intensive row cropping taking place in the central sands region. The last glaciers to cover Wisconsin only extended through part of the basin. The glaciers created a network of warm and cold water streams fed by surface and groundwater sources that all connect to the Wisconsin River. The Central Wisconsin River Basin has one of the largest and most diverse arrays of surface water systems in the state. In fact, the Central Wisconsin River basin contains over 2,873 miles of streams. The counties of Adams, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Shawano, Taylor, Waushara and Wood partially or fully lie within the Central Wisconsin Basin. See the Surface Water Data Viewer to view details about the basin.

Read the Little Plover River Public Rights Flow Order [PDF 1.9MB],
issued: Wisconsin, March 23, 2009, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Watersheds, Waters

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
Big Roche A Cri Creek CW06 177 mi 2 CW06 Water Lists Adams, Juneau, WausharaCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Black Creek CW25 88.54 mi 2 CW25 Water Lists Marathon, TaylorCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Bull Junior Creek CW19 60.63 mi 2 CW19 Water Lists MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Cranberry Creek CW03 127.51 mi 2 CW03 Water Lists Juneau, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Devil Creek CW28 68.5 mi 2 CW28 Water Lists Lincoln, MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Fourmile and Fivemile Creek CW10 213.96 mi 2 CW10 Water Lists Portage, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Fourteenmile Creek CW07 184.15 mi 2 CW07 Water Lists Adams, Juneau, Portage, Waushara, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Hemlock Creek CW04 96.39 mi 2 CW04 Water Lists WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Johnson and Peplin Creeks CW15 63.06 mi 2 CW15 Water Lists Marathon, PortageCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Little Eau Claire River CW13 126.97 mi 2 CW13 Water Lists Marathon, PortageCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Little Eau Pleine River CW14 263.3 mi 2 CW14 Water Lists Clark, Marathon, Portage, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Little Rib River CW24 92.44 mi 2 CW24 Water Lists Lincoln, MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Little Roche A Cri Creek CW01 196.2 mi 2 CW01 Water Lists Adams, Juneau, Marquette, WausharaCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Lower Big Eau Pleine River CW17 138.59 mi 2 CW17 Water Lists MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Lower Eau Claire (Marathon Co.) River CW20 172.75 mi 2 CW20 Water Lists MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Lower Rib River CW23 129.82 mi 2 CW23 Water Lists MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Lower Yellow (Juneau Co.) River CW02 261.05 mi 2 CW02 Water Lists Adams, Jackson, Juneau, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Mill Creek CW11 166.85 mi 2 CW11 Water Lists Portage, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Mosinee Flowage CW16 81.83 mi 2 CW16 Water Lists MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Pine Creek CW29 128.86 mi 2 CW29 Water Lists Langlade, LincolnCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Plover and Little Plover Rivers CW12 202.19 mi 2 CW12 Water Lists Langlade, Marathon, Portage, ShawanoCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Sevenmile and Tenmile Creeks CW09 112.24 mi 2 CW09 Water Lists Adams, Portage, Waushara, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Springbrook Creek CW21 69.77 mi 2 CW21 Water Lists Langlade, MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Trappe River CW27 100.15 mi 2 CW27 Water Lists Langlade, Lincoln, MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Upper Big Eau Pleine River CW18 219.52 mi 2 CW18 Water Lists Clark, Marathon, TaylorCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Upper Eau Claire River CW22 221.36 mi 2 CW22 Water Lists Langlade, MarathonCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Upper Rib River CW26 197.07 mi 2 CW26 Water Lists Lincoln, Marathon, TaylorCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Upper Yellow (Wood Co.) River CW05 212.95 mi 2 CW05 Water Lists Clark, Marathon, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River
Wisconsin Rapids CW08 133.92 mi 2 CW08 Water Lists Adams, Juneau, Portage, WoodCentral WisconsinMississippi River

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