Fish and Aquatic Life
The lower portion of McGinnis Creek is classified as a Class II trout stream. It is one of the few streams in western Marathon County capable of supporting trout. Beaver are active in this creek.
Sand and gravel excavations occur on lower McGinnis Creek. It is unknown if these operations are having an adverse impact on water quality. A 1976 stream survey report conducted by the DNR revealed streambank pasturing occurs on lower McGinnis Creek resulting in destruction of fish habitat, bank erosion and stream sedimentation.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The lower portion of McGinnis Creek is classified as a Class II trout stream. It is one of the few
streams in western Marathon County capable of supporting trout. Beaver are active in this creek.
Sand and gravel excavations occur on lower McGinnis Creek. It is unknown if these operations are
having an adverse impact on water qualit . A 1976 stream survey re ort conducted by the DNR
revealed streambank pasturing occurs on r ower McGinnis Creek resulting in destruction of fish
habitat, bank erosion and stream sedimentation.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
McGinnis Creek (miles 0-5.88) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available.
Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation and implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load Analysis, habitat restoration work, partnership education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10016873||Mc Ginnis Creek - 5 Meters Upstream Rainbow Dr.||10/16/2001||10/16/2001||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10016872||Mc Ginnis Creek - Rainbow Drive (5 Meters Upstreamof Bridge)||10/29/2002||10/29/2002||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10016870||Mc Ginnis Creek - 10 Feet Upstream Bridge On Rainbow Dr.||10/28/1998||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10030417||McGinnis at Rainbow Dr||10/29/2009||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10016869||Mc Ginnis Creek - 10 Feet Upstream Rainbow Drive||12/4/2000||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10016871||Mc Ginnis Creek - ~5 Yards Upstream Rainbow Drive||9/30/2003||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10030415||McGinnis Creek at Lincoln Rd||5/8/2012||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10030416||McGinnis Creek at Naugart Dr||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10016875||Mcginnis Creek - Sampled Riffle 10 Yards Upstreamrainbow Drive.||5/8/1998||10/27/1999||Map||Data|
|1461100||McGinnis Creek||10030418||McGinnis at CTH F||1/1/2015||9/28/2016||Map||Data|
McGinnis Creek is located in the Upper Rib River watershed which is 197.07 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (57%), agricultural (22%) and a mix of wetland (15%) and other uses (7%). This watershed has stream miles, lake acres and 17,127.41 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Low for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.