Fish and Aquatic Life
Warner Creek, located in central Vernon County, flows in a westerly direction for 8.6 miles
before reaching the Kickapoo River between Ontario and La Farge. This stream has a gradient
of 32 feet per mile and drains forested hillsides, agricultural valleys and ridgetops as well as a
portion of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Wetlands surround the lower segment of Warner
Creek in the Reserve. Warner Creek is a Class II trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1990, documented brown trout and numerous forage
fish species. The stream bottom was dominated by sand and gravel. In-stream cover consisted
of woody debris, undercut banks and overhanging grasses. Warner Creek should be
resurveyed after conclusion of the Middle Kickapoo River Priority Watershed Project in 2004.
WDNR records indicate Warner Creek has been stocked with brown trout regularly since
1960. Access to Warner Creek is from ten road crossings and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.
From: Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin.
PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Warner Creek is a short, spring-fed tributary to Millville Creek. The creek is considered a Class II trout fishery. The creek experiences nonpoint source pollution from cropland erosion, streambank pasturing and streambank erosion.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Warner Creek, T14N, R2W, Section 34. Surface Acres -12.5, Miles = 8.6, Gradient = 32.5 feet per mile.
A clear, hard water stream that flows in a westerly direction and is a tributary of the Kickapoo River. It is managed as Class II brown trout water. A large variety of forage fish are present. During the winter aerial groundwater survey, scattered open water areas were observed from around the junction of Warner Branch downstream. The banks of the stream are badly eroded. Sand and rubble are the dominant bottom types with some silt and gravel present as well as a little hardpan. Several road crossings provide access. Beaver are present and muskrat are significant. Wood ducks and teal nest along the stream and migrant puddle ducks use the water.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and Threinen, C.W., 1973. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Vernon County, 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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||10035023||Warner Creek - CTH P/Elm Ave||Map||Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||633176||Warner Creek - Near Rockton WI||8/23/2001||9/14/2012||Map||Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||10015902||Warner Creek - 50 Ft. Above Bridge On Valley Rd.-South Of Valley Wis. U.S.A||4/20/1994||4/20/1994||Map||Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||633056||Warner Creek - Nw1/4ofse1/4ofnw1/4s35||5/14/1980||5/24/2001||Map||Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||10015901||Warner Creek - 50 Ft. Upstream Of Bridge Onvalley Road - Approx. 0.25 Mile South Ofvalley||4/20/1990||4/20/1990||Map||Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||633075||Warner Creek - On Valley Road||9/4/1991||11/17/2009||Map||Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||10035022||Warner Creek - Warner Ave Bridge||Map||Data|
|1195700||Warner Creek||10048415||Warner Creek 300ft US Big Valley Road||5/21/2017||10/10/2017||Map||Data|
Warner Creek is located in the Middle Kickapoo River watershed which is 246.53 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (49%), agricultural (43%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (3%). This watershed has 585.18 stream miles, 145.14 lake acres and 3,360.69 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.