La Crosse, Vernon
Fish and Aquatic Life
Chipmunk Coulee Creek, also known as Creek 3-6, is located in northwestern Vernon County. It flows in a southwesterly direction for approximately 5.5 miles before reaching the Mississippi River between La Crosse and Stoddard. This stream has a gradient of 54 feet per mile and drains steep forested hillsides, agricultural land, and expanding rural subdivisions. Chipmunk Coulee Creek is a Class I trout stream for its entire length.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Chipmunk Creek (also known as Creek 3-6) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (macroinvertebrate 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'.
Habitat Restoration - Instream
Chipmunk Coulee Creek would benefit from the acquisition of streambank easements and in-stream habitat restoration. Access is possible from four road crossings and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge.
Fish Management, Access
The DNR should continue stocking trout and restoring in-stream habitat from Coon Valley to Chaseburg. Coon Creek
between Chaseburg and the Mississippi River would benefit from the acquisition of streambank easements and instream
habitat restoration. Consequently, the DNR should extend the Coon Creek Fishery Area to include Coon Creek
downstream of Chaseburg to the Mississippi River.
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|
|1648100||Unnamed||10022056||Chipmunk Coulee Cr. St. 3 - Manske Park Below Lunkers||Map||Data|
|1648100||Unnamed||10022057||Chipmunk Coulee Cr. St. 2 - 30m Downstream Of Kleinertz Bridge||Map||Data|
|1648100||Unnamed||10022058||Chipmunk Coulee Cr. St. 5 - Bendel Rd. Bridge Crossing||Map||Data|
|726550||Wigwam Slough||100559||Wigwam Slough||8/17/2007||9/15/2015||Map||Data|
|1648100||Unnamed||633047||Un Creek - Chipmunk Coulee.Ne1/4ofne1/4sec2||4/29/1980||8/11/2011||Map||Data|
|1648100||Unnamed||10008997||Chipmunk Coulee Station 2 - 1000 Ft Below Walking Bridge||Map||Data|
|1648100||Unnamed||10020579||Unnamed (Chipmunk Coulee Cr) at R. Herold Rd||10/29/2009||11/20/2014||Map||Data|
|1648100||Unnamed||10008996||Chipmunk Coulee Station 1 - Old Hwy 35 Bridge||Map||Data|
|1648100||Unnamed||10008998||Chipmunk Coulee Station 3 - End Of Walking Trail Manske Prop.||Map||Data|
The most recent habitat survey, conducted in 2009, documented a stream bottom consisting mainly of sand and clay with lesser amounts of silt, gravel, detritus and rubble. Riparian land use was comprised of mostly woodland with
some home development and meadow areas. Aquatic insects were also collected in 2009 and the Macroinvertebrate Index of Biological Integrity (MIBI) score was determined to be poor (1.69). Seven fish collections have occurred in this stream since 2007 with game fish such as brown trout, brook trout, tiger trout (brook and brown trout hybrid), northern pike, green sunfi sh, largemouth bass, and pumpkinseed being found. The coldwater Fish Index of Biological Integrity (FIBI) was calculated for the fish collections, resulting in four fair and three good scores, indicating water quality adequate to support a cold water fishery. Chipmunk Coulee Creek would benefit from the acquisition of streambank easements and in-stream habitat restoration. Access is possible from four road crossings and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge.
Author Christopher Pracheil
Unnamed is located in the Coon Creek watershed which is 238.20 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (41%), agricultural (40%) and a mix of open (10%) and other uses (8%). This watershed has 574.90 stream miles, 4,342.05 lake acres and 6,052.31 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.