Fish and Aquatic Life
Day Creek, located in southeast Vernon County, flows in a westerly direction for three miles
before reaching the Kickapoo River in Readstown. This stream has a gradient of 58 feet per
mile and drains forested hillsides and an agricultural valley as well as a portion of Readstown.
Day Creek is a Class I trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, completed in 1997, documented a naturally reproducing brook trout
population as well as numerous forage fish species. Approximately 50% of the stream
sampled contained a sand bottom with lesser amounts of silt, cobble and gravel. In-stream
cover consisted primarily of woody debris with some undercut banks. Day Creek would
benefit from the purchase of easements from willing sellers and restoration of in-stream
habitat. WDNR records indicate that Day Creek was last stocked with wild brook trout in
1989. Access to Day Creek is from three road crossings.
From: Ripp, Coreen, et al. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Day Creek. T11N. R3W. Section 8. Surface Acres = 1.5, t1i1es = 3.0. Gradient = 58.3 feet per mile.
Flowing in a westerly direction, this clear. hard water stream joins the Kickapoo River at Readstown. Minnows and other forage species dominate the fishery. The bottom is primarily sand.
There is some gravel and little silt and rubble. Three road crossings provide access. Wildlife values are minimal.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and Threinen, C.W. 1973. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Vernon County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1187800||Day Creek||10037569||Day Creek off of Day Creek Rd||5/24/2012||9/16/2015||Map||Data|
|1187800||Day Creek||10015552||Day Creek St. 2 - Espe Rd. Bridge Crossing||11/16/2006||11/16/2006||Map||Data|
|1187800||Day Creek||10047625||Day Creek At E10401 STH 14 Driveway Bridge||Map||Data|
|1187800||Day Creek||10015551||Day Creek St. 1 - Sugar Grove Rd. Bridge Crossing||Map||Data|
Day Creek is located in the Reads and Tainter Creeks watershed which is 135.69 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (48%), forest (44%) and a mix of suburban (6%) and other uses (2%). This watershed has 339.00 stream miles, 221.66 lake acres and 1,867.13 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.