Unnamed, Upper La Crosse River Watershed (BL06)
Unnamed, Upper La Crosse River Watershed (BL06)
Creek 15-13 (T17n R3w S15) (1661100)
2.35 Miles
0 - 2.35
Natural Community
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model results that use predicted flow and temperature based on landscape features and related assumptions. Ranges of flow and temperature associated with specific aquatic life communities (fish, macroinvertebrates) help biologists identify appropriate resource management goals. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Cool-Cold Headwater
Year Last Monitored
This date represents the most recent date of water quality monitoring stored in the SWIMS system. Additional field surveys for fish and habitat may be available subsequent to this date.
1995
Unknown
 
Monroe
Trout Water 
Trout Waters are represented by Class I, Class II or Class III waters. These classes have specific ecological characteristics and management actions associated with them. For more information regarding Trout Classifications, see the Fisheries Trout Class Webpages.
Yes
Outstanding or Exceptional 
Wisconsin has designated many of the state's highest quality waters as Outstanding Resource Waters (ORWs) or Exceptional Resource Waters (ERWs). Waters designated as ORW or ERW are surface waters which provide outstanding recreational opportunities, support valuable fisheries and wildlife habitat, have good water quality, and are not significantly impacted by human activities. ORW and ERW status identifies waters that the State of Wisconsin has determined warrant additional protection from the effects of pollution. These designations are intended to meet federal Clean Water Act obligations requiring Wisconsin to adopt an 'antidegradation' policy that is designed to prevent any lowering of water quality - especially in those waters having significant ecological or cultural value.
No
Impaired Water 
A water is polluted or 'impaired' if it does not support full use by humans, wildlife, fish and other aquatic life and it is shown that one or more of the pollutant criteria are not met.
No

Fish and Aquatic Life

Current Use
The use the water currently supports. This is not a designation or classification; it is based on the current condition of the water. Information in this column is not designed for, and should not be used for, regulatory purposes.
Class III Trout
Streams capable of supporting a seasonal coldwater sport fishery and which may be managed as coldwater streams.
Attainable Use
The use that the investigator believes the water could achieve through managing "controllable" sources. Beaver dams, hydroelectric dams, low gradient streams, and naturally occurring low flows are generally not considered controllable. The attainable use may be the same as the current use or it may be higher.
FAL
Fish and Aquatic Life - waters that do not have a specific use designation subcategory assigned but which are considered fishable, swimmable waters.
Designated Use
This is the water classification legally recognized by NR102 and NR104, Wis. Adm. Code. The classification determines water quality criteria and effluent limits. Waters obtain designated uses through classification procedures.
Default FAL
Fish and Aquatic Life - Default Waters do not have a specific use designation subcategory but are considered fishable, swimmable waters.

Overview

Creek 15-13, located in central Monroe County, flows in a northwesterly direction for

approximately 4.7 miles before reaching Silver Creek in Fort McCoy. It has a moderate gradient

of 45 feet per mile and drains agricultural land and part of Fort McCoy. The lower 2.2 miles,

which is in Fort McCoy, is a Class III trout stream.

The most recent DNR survey, conducted in 1973, documented cool, clear water with a stream

bottom composed mainly of sand with small amounts of silt. In-stream cover for fish was poor

consisting primarily of limited amounts of undercut banks and woody debris. Brook trout and

several forage fish species were documented. Additional overhead cover would benefit the

fishery of this stream. Problems noted were flooding and siltation. A recent fish and habitat

survey conducted in Fort McCoy noted sedimentation and high nutrient levels as factors limiting

the biological potential of this stream. A fish and habitat survey should be conducted to update

information and management goals for Creek 15-13. DNR has no stocking records for this

stream. Access to Creek 15-13 is from Fort McCoy and four road crossings outside the Fort

Date  

Author   Aquatic Biologist

Overview

Creek 15-13, located in central Monroe County, flows in a northwesterly direction for approximately 4.7 miles before reaching Silver Creek in Fort McCoy. It has a moderate gradient of 45 feet per mile and drains agricultural land and part of Fort McCoy. The lower 2.2 miles, which is in Fort McCoy, is a Class III trout stream.

The most recent DNR survey, conducted in 1973, documented cool, clear water with a stream bottom composed mainly of sand with small amounts of silt. In-stream cover for fish was poor consisting primarily of limited amounts of undercut banks and woody debris. Brook trout and several forage fish species were documented. Additional overhead cover would benefit the fishery of this stream. Problems noted were flooding and siltation. A recent fish and habitat survey conducted in Fort McCoy noted sedimentation and high nutrient levels as factors limiting the biological potential of this stream. A fish and habitat survey should be conducted to update information and management goals for Creek 15-13. DNR has no stocking records for this stream. Access to Creek 15-13 is from Fort McCoy and four road crossings outside the Fort.

Date  2002

Author   Aquatic Biologist

Unnamed, Upper La Crosse River Watershed (BL06) Fish and Aquatic LifeUnnamed, Upper La Crosse River Watershed (BL06) RecreationUnnamed, Upper La Crosse River Watershed (BL06) Fish Consumption

Condition

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'.

Management Goals

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

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

Monitoring Projects

Watershed Characteristics

Unnamed is located in the Upper La Crosse River watershed which is 126.12 miĀ². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48%), grassland (24%) and a mix of agricultural (14%) and other uses (13%). This watershed has 167.76 stream miles, 207.50 lake acres and 4,875.27 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.

Natural Community

Creek 15-13 (T17n R3w S15) is considered a Cool-Cold Headwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.

Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model results that use predicted flow and temperature based on landscape features and related assumptions. Ranges of flow and temperature associated with specific aquatic life communities (fish, macroinvertebrates) help biologists identify appropriate resource management goals. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.

Cool (Cold-Transition) Headwaters are small, usually perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon (<10 per 100 m), transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.

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