Fish and Aquatic Life
Unnamed Creek 23-7, located in central La Crosse County, flows for approximately two miles in a southwesterly direction before reaching Neshonoc Creek. It has a gradient of 53 feet per mile and drains agricultural valley land and forested hillsides. Creek 23-7 is a Class I trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1978, documented a cold, spring-fed stream with good trout spawning habitat. Brook trout and a variety of forage fish species were present. An updated fish and habitat survey should be conducted to document current conditions of Creek 23-7. Brook trout were last stocked by WDNR in 1989. Access to Creek 23-7 is from one road crossing.
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|
|1653200||Unnamed||10014086||Cr 23-7(Hoyer Valley Cr)Station 1- 1978-Ne1/4 Nw1/4 S23- Starts 300' Downstream Of Walker Rd Bridge||Map||Data|
|1653200||Unnamed||10015515||Uncreek 23-7 (Hoyer Coulee) Station 1 - Box Culvert On Cth C||Map||Data|
|1653200||Unnamed||10014087||Cr 23-7(Hoyer Valley Cr) Station 2- 1978-Ne 1/4 Sw1/4 S14-Starts 900' Downstream Of Cth C Bridge||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Lower La Crosse River watershed which is 145.46 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (38%), agricultural (30%) and a mix of suburban (12%) and other uses (19%). This watershed has 295.20 stream miles, 1,187.12 lake acres and 5,641.64 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.