Lower Chippewa River Basin

Description

Lower Chippewa River

An aerial oblique photograph showing a branching reach of the Lower Chippewa River. Photo taken by Sean Hartnett, UW-Eau Claire Geographer. Airplane piloted by Al Wiberg, UW-Eau Claire, Environmental Adventure Center.

About the Basin

Downstream from Eau Claire on the Chippewa River and downstream from Menomonie on the Red Cedar contains more rare species (125) and more native prairie (25% of the state total) than any area of comparable size in Wisconsin. These unique natural resources led to the establishment of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area by the DNR Board and the Governor. This designation is designed to preserve and protect the most unique and sensitive areas with outright acquisition, easements or voluntary management.

The biological diversity remaining in the area is a testament to the land stewardship that has been a tradition for generations. As land changes hands, this project will help assure that this land stewardship continues on select sites. A Master Plan is currently being developed for this project. For details on this project please refer to the Lower Chippewa River Properties Master, the Master Plan Web site or contact Kris Belling.

To find out more about the Lower Chippewa Basin please contact Paul LaLiberte (Lower Chippewa Basin Watershed Supervisor) or for the feasibility study, Kris Belling (WCR Wildlife Supervisor).




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Watersheds, Waters

Watersheds, Water Detail

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
Bear Creek LC01 176.55 mi 2 LC01 Water Lists Dunn, Pepin, BuffaloLower ChippewaMississippi River
Black and Hay Creeks LC15 159.89 mi 2 LC15 Water Lists Clark, Eau Claire, Jackson, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Brill and Red Cedar Rivers LC10 297.68 mi 2 LC10 Water Lists Barron, Rusk, Sawyer, WashburnLower ChippewaMississippi River
Duncan Creek LC18 191.44 mi 2 LC18 Water Lists Eau Claire, Barron, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Eau Galle River LC03 267.88 mi 2 LC03 Water Lists Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Saint CroixLower ChippewaMississippi River
Hay River LC05 289.6 mi 2 LC05 Water Lists Dunn, Barron, PolkLower ChippewaMississippi River
Lake Chetek LC08 212 mi 2 LC08 Water Lists Barron, Rusk, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Lower Eau Claire River LC14 216.31 mi 2 LC14 Water Lists Eau Claire, Jackson, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Lower Yellow (Chippewa Co.) River LC19 276.84 mi 2 LC19 Water Lists Eau Claire, Taylor, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Lowes and Rock Creeks LC24 219.17 mi 2 LC24 Water Lists Dunn, Eau Claire, PepinLower ChippewaMississippi River
McCann Creek and Fisher River LC21 311.06 mi 2 LC21 Water Lists Rusk, Taylor, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Muddy and Elk Creeks LC13 237.94 mi 2 LC13 Water Lists Dunn, Eau Claire, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
North Fork Eau Claire River LC17 205.88 mi 2 LC17 Water Lists Clark, Eau Claire, Taylor, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Otter Creek LC25 70.52 mi 2 LC25 Water Lists Eau ClaireLower ChippewaMississippi River
Pine Creek and Red Cedar River LC07 287.89 mi 2 LC07 Water Lists Dunn, Barron, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Plum Creek LC02 140.59 mi 2 LC02 Water Lists Pepin, Pierce, BuffaloLower ChippewaMississippi River
Red Cedar Lake LC11 140.01 mi 2 LC11 Water Lists Barron, Rusk, Sawyer, WashburnLower ChippewaMississippi River
Rush River LC22 289.57 mi 2 LC22 Water Lists Pepin, Pierce, Saint CroixLower ChippewaMississippi River
South Fork Eau Claire River LC16 229.49 mi 2 LC16 Water Lists Clark, Eau Claire, TaylorLower ChippewaMississippi River
South Fork Hay River LC06 181.99 mi 2 LC06 Water Lists Dunn, Barron, Polk, Saint CroixLower ChippewaMississippi River
Trimbelle River and Isabelle Creek LC23 221.4 mi 2 LC23 Water Lists Pierce, Saint CroixLower ChippewaMississippi River
Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River LC20 241.08 mi 2 LC20 Water Lists Taylor, ChippewaLower ChippewaMississippi River
Wilson Creek LC04 244.75 mi 2 LC04 Water Lists Dunn, Pierce, Saint CroixLower ChippewaMississippi River
Yellow River LC09 239.35 mi 2 LC09 Water Lists Barron, Washburn, BurnettLower ChippewaMississippi River

Plans

North Fork Eau Claire
N.Fk. Eau Claire River. © M. Hazuga, 2010

Watershed Plans

In 2009-2010, the Lower Chippewa Water Quality Management Plan was updated with an updated North Fork Eau Claire Watershed Plan.

Master Plans

The master plan for seven state-owned natural or wildlife areas in the lower Chippewa River valley has completed.

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