Fish and Aquatic Life
Hinkson Creek is a small, low gradient, coldwater, Class II, tributary to Rowan Creek.
Despite impoundments and a heated discharge from a canning factory in the headwaters, the
stream is capable of supporting brook trout. Natural reproduction occurs in the upper stream
while the lower half depends on stocking. Surrounding wetlands buffer the stream from
adjacent land uses. Some cattle are present in the stream corridor on the lower end. Dense
tag alder growth along some sections and beaver dams are the biggest management problems.
Surveys conducted in 1998 found the fish community to be of good condition. Habitat quality
was determined to be from fair to good.
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
Hinkson Creek TllN, R9E, Section 30, Surface Acres = 4.36, Miles = 6.0, Gradient = 4.17 feet per mile.
A small marsh-drainage stream north of Poynette, formerly called Wilson
Creek, tributary to Rowan Creek. The stream headwaters have been impounded,
yet parts of the creek have water quality sultable for trout, and in the past various
proposals have been made regarding possible management of the stream. A canning
factory pond located near the stream in Poynette has been a source of pollution in
the past. The present fishery is limited to brook trout and forage species. Access
to fish is limited by the lack of road crossings and angling is enjoyed only through
the tolerance of landowners. Recent attempts to survey the stream found many
areas impassable due to soft sllt bottom and dense bank cover. About 600 acres
of marshland adjoin the stream.
From: Poff, Ronald J. and C.W. Threinen, 1965. Surface Water Resources of Columbia County:
Lake and Stream Classification Project. Wisconsin Conservation Department, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Hinkson Creek (WBIC 1263900) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water is meeting this designated use and is 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|
|1263900||Hinkson Creek||10016290||Hinkson #0 - Us Mcmillan Rd||9/14/1999||9/14/1999||Map||Data|
|1263900||Hinkson Creek||10010611||Hinkson Creek - 2||Map||Data|
|1263900||Hinkson Creek||113144||Hinkson Creek - Kent Rd||Map||Data|
|1263900||Hinkson Creek||113153||Hinkson Creek - Near Poynette WI||5/19/1995||10/18/2001||Map||Data|
|1263900||Hinkson Creek||10010610||Hinkson Creek||Map||Data|
|1263900||Hinkson Creek||10011012||Hinkson Creek Dnr Lane Upstream To Reimer Property Line||Map||Data|
Hinkson Creek is located in the Lake Wisconsin watershed which is 214.96 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (54%), forest (25%) and a mix of open (7%) and other uses (14%). This watershed has 299.58 stream miles, 521.55 lake acres and 6,644.90 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.