Watershed - Popple River (GB17)
Popple River Watershed

Details

The Popple River Watershed lies in central and southwestern Florence County and central Forest County. The watershed is approximately 148,000 acres in size and consists of 236 miles of streams and rivers, 1,758 acres of lakes and 35,875 acres of wetlands. The watershed is dominated by forests (71%) and wetlands (24%) and is ranked low for nonpoint source issues affecting streams and groundwater. The Popple River is a state wild and scenic river.

Date  1993

Ecological Landscapes for Popple River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Popple River Watershed is located primarily in the North Central Forest Ecological Landscape which occupies much of the northern third of Wisconsin. Its landforms are characterized by end and ground moraines with some pitted outwash and bedrock controlled areas. Kettle depressions and steep ridges are found in the northern portion. Two prominent areas in this Ecological Landscape are the Penokee-Gogebic Iron Range in the north extending into Michigan, and Timm's Hill, the highest point in Wisconsin (1,951 feet) in the south. Soils consist of sandy loam, sand, and silts. The vegetation is mainly forest, with many wetlands and some agriculture, though the growing season is not as favorable as it is in southern Wisconsin. Lake Superior greatly influences the northern portion of the Ecological Landscape especially during the winter season, producing greater snowfall than in most areas in Wisconsin. The historic vegetation was primarily hemlock-hardwood forest dominated by hemlock, sugar maple, and yellow birch. There were some smaller areas of white and red pine forest scattered throughout the Ecological Landscape, and individual white pines trees were a component of the hemlock-hardwood forest. Harvesting hemlock to support the tanneries was common at the turn of the century, and the species soon became a minor component of forests due to over-harvesting and lack of regeneration. Currently, forests cover approximately 80% of this Ecological Landscape. The northern hardwood forest is dominant, made up of sugar maple, basswood, and red maple, and also including some scattered hemlock and white pine pockets within stands. The aspen-birch forest type group is also relatively abundant, followed by spruce-fir. A variety of wetland community types also are present, both forested and non-forested.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Brock Pond
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Camp B Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Clark Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Coleman Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Crooked Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
DAmour Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Dvorak Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Goodman Millpond
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Harvey Pond
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Hilbert Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Hobachee Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
LaFaye Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Lost Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Mirror Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Moon Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Nadjak Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
North Pond
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Oneonta Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Petryk Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Porcupine Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Pothole Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Railroad Pond
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Round Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Second Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Trout Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Un Spring
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Vic Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Woods Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Goodman: Town Of Goodman Lake & Land Management Plan: The Town of Goodman proposes a project as the first step in the development of a comprehensive plan for land use for the Town of Goodman. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette County that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant app,ications.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2002
Waters Involved
Popple River
Status
Complete

Florence County Lakes & Rivers Association: Pine/Popple Wild River Restoration: Florence County Lakes and Rivers Association will use this grant for two primary tasks. The first will be to develop a comprehensive GIS database for the entire Pine and Popple River Watersheds. This will be accomplished by hiring a consultant to gather and assemble existing GIS data layers and collection of new field data by agency personnel and FCLARA volunteers. A primary focus of the data collection and mapping is to provide information for coldwater species habitat improvement in the river mainstems and tributaries.

1. Assemble existing databases for the Pine/Popple watershed from Local, Regional, and State agencies for use in a Geographical Information System.
2. Collect locational data for impounded reaches and groundwater inflow areas of the Pine/Popple rivers and tributaries.
3. Monitor instream water temperature at numerous locations and assemble a database of temperatures along with location of measurements.

The second goal is to build organizational capacity of FCLARA and strengthen their efforts to restore the wild rivers ecosystems.
1. Develop an organizational strategic plan.
2. Obtain Federal 501(c)(3) recognition.
3. Train FCLARA volunteers in river data collection methods and techniques.
4. Education to raise public awareness about the organization and the river planning project.
5. Dissemination of information about cold-water fisheries to FCLARA members, local government and the general public.

Deliverables:
1. GIS databases on compact disk including the stream monitoring data collected by the project.
2. Completed application process to the IRS for 501(c)(3) status for FCLARA.
3. FCLARA strategic planning report.

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
Popple River Watershed
Popple River WatershedWatershed History Note