Fish and Aquatic Life
Clear Creek is a tributary to the Wisconsin River. The creek is considered a Class III trout stream for about two and a half miles although the lower reaches have been known to support some smaller sport fish from the Wisconsin River. There is limited information available for this stream.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Clear Creek, also known as South Branch Robinson Creek, is impounded by cranberry operations. Above the impoundments, the stream lies within the boundaries of Ft. McCoy and is a Class I trout stream. This trout fishery has high potential for improvement following elimination of the warm water discharge from cranberry operations (Talley).
From: Koperksi, Cindy. 1999. Black River Water Quality Management Plan (draft). Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
The Clear Creek (Mouth to confluence with Ranch Creek) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; temperature and available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category) based on the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was not meeting this designated use and was considered impaired. No listing change was needed to this already impaired water.
Author Amanda Smith
The impaired waters listing is for entire stream (3.7 miles) with the existing use is WWFF, codified use is Cold III. Potential use is Cold III. Cause of impairment are temperature, sediment from NPS (streambank erosion), hydrologic modification (upstream cranberry impoundment). Description of monitoring conducted (including dates, results, quality of data and reports): Fish surveys conducted in 2002 found only warmwater forage species and no trout. Calculated coldwater and warmwater IBI scores were very poor. Continuous water level monitoring below a cranberry marsh impoundment in 2003 found extreme stream flow fluctuations caused by the marsh discharge. Clear Creek has little potential as a trout stream as long as the cranberry marsh impoundment is located upstream. This stream was added to 303d list in 2003. Location of supporting data (electronic and hard copy files): WDNR offices at Black River Falls and Eau Claire. Fish survey available on FH database. Date Reviewed: 12/29/03
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1697800||Clear Creek||423089||Clear Creek Site #C1 at Fort Mccoy Near Millston WI||10/29/1994||7/22/1997||Map||Data|
|1697800||Clear Creek||423088||Clear Creek Site #C2 at 14th Ave Near Millston WI||8/1/1996||7/22/1997||Map||Data|
Clear Creek is located in the Trout Run and Robinson Creeks watershed which is 216.93 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (60%), agricultural (17%) and a mix of grassland (9%) and other uses (13%). This watershed has 326.05 stream miles, 791.85 lake acres and 17,562.31 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.