Fish and Aquatic Life
Beaver Creek is a medium size spring-fed tributary of the La Crosse River near Sparta in west central Monroe County. Both East Beaver and West Beaver Creeks merge to become Beaver Creek, which flows in a southeasterly direction for approximately 3.5 miles. It has a slight gradient of 12 feet per mile and drains forested hills and agricultural land. Beaver Creek is a Class II trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, completed in 1974, documented cool, clear water with a bottom comprised predominantly of sand with lesser amounts of silt, gravel, detritus and rubble. Bank cover consisted mainly of pasture with lesser amounts of upland hardwoods. Undercut banks and deep pools provided the majority of in-stream cover. Brown and rainbow trout, northern pike, largemouth bass, and a variety of forage fish species were documented during the 1974 survey. A fish and habitat survey should be conducted of Beaver Creek to update the 1974 information. This stream was stocked with brown trout between 1960 and 1978. Access is possible from several road crossings.
Author Cynthia Koperski
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|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10013881||Beaver Creek Station 2 - 1974||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10015762||Beaver Cr #1 - 65 M Us Evrns Park||9/21/1999||9/21/1999||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10009937||Beaver Creek - Beaver Creek Station 2-2003 Riffle Below Crossing||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10013882||Beaver Creek Station 3-1974-Ne 1/4 Ne 1/4 Sec.14||9/21/1999||9/21/1999||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10020729||Beaver Creek-10 Yds West Off Road Riffle Area||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10028727||Beaver Creek_Bossard Evans Park||7/20/2012||10/23/2012||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||423070||Beaver Creek - Water St Ne Sec14t17rw||5/13/1979||11/6/1979||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10009936||Beaver Creek Station 1 at Walking Bridge Up From La Crosse River||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10013883||Beaver Creek Station 4-1974-Sw 1/4 Ne 1/4 Sec. 11-Starts 500' Down From County Farm Bridge.||Map||Data|
|1659000||Beaver Creek||10014018||Beaver Creek Station 1 500' DS of Confluence of W. Beaver Cr||Map||Data|
Beaver Creek is located in the Little La Crosse River watershed which is 240.79 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (46%), forest (44%) and a mix of suburban (6%) and other uses (4%). This watershed has 445.88 stream miles, 114.59 lake acres and 5,439.88 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.