Watershed - Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River (LC20)
Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River Watershed

Details

The Upper Yellow River Watershed is the headwaters for the Yellow River. It is located in southwestern Taylor County with a small section extending into Chippewa County. The upper half of the watershed lies within the Chequamegon National Forest. The lower portion of the watershed has a significant amount of agricultural activity. The southern half of the watershed consists of glacial end moraines. Nearly all the natural lakes are located in this area, their watersheds draining primarily forested land. Agricultural land becomes more common in the western third of this area. Shoreline development around the lakes is limited. The northern half of the watershed consists of ground moraine. The Chequamegon Waters Flowage is an impoundment in this area, draining mostly forested land and numerous large wetlands. Agricultural land use becomes dominant to the west of the Flowage. Most of the streams in the watershed are small, low gradient streams that support warm water forage fish communities. The watershed has 12 lakes larger than 10 acres, with a combined area of 3,071 acres. The 2,714-acre Chequamegon Waters Flowage accounts for 88 percent of the watershed's lake surface area. Two of the lakes are shallow impoundments in the Pershing Wildlife Area, managed by WDNR for wildlife production. Fish tissue monitoring for mercury on the Chequamegon Waters Flowage resulted in a listing on the current fish advisory. Self-help monitoring volunteers would be instrumental in obtaining information on the Chequamegon Waters Flowage, Jerry, Nineteen, Salem, and Spruce Lakes.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The North Central Forest Ecological Landscape 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
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Bear Creek
Status
Complete

Miller Dam Lake Association: Chequamegon Waters Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: Miller Dam Lake (Chequamegon Waters Flowage) Association will conduct an Aquatic Plant Survey and develop an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Miller Dam Lake. The Lake contains Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP). A point intercept plant survey will be conducted to produce a baseline evaluation of the plant community. To apply management actions in an ecologically sound manner the lake association will develop an aquatic plant management plan to guide their efforts.

Preliminary goals (APM Plan) include: 1) Effectively manage EWM and CLP; 2) Maintain and improve recreational opportunities; 3) Preserve native aquatic plants; 4) Protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat; 5) Evaluate water quality concerns; 6) Evaluate Lake Watershed and potential nutrient impacts.

Project deliverables include: 1) A project kick-off meeting; 2) A public information meeting at draft stage of APM plan; 3) Produce a comprehensive APM plan; 4) Interpret the results of the aquatic plant survey; 5) Provide maps (including CLP, EWM beds) to the lake associations for management.

Specific project conditions: 1) Follow department protocol when conducting the point intercept study; 2) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format; 3) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS; 4) Contact Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to learn about the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs; 4) The Voigt Intertribal Task Force (VTF) (Peter David, 715-682-6619 (ext.123) (pdavid@glifwc.org)) must be consulted on activities that could impact wild rice and/or habitat that could support wild rice. APM Plan development and associated permitting activities require VTF consultation. Thus, its imperative wild rice and associated habitat be an APM Plan component. Contact Frank Koshere (715-392-0807) for specifics on integrating wild rice discussion in your Plan.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Chequamegon Waters Flowage
Status
Complete

Miller Dam Lake Association: Chequamegon Waters Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: Miller Dam Lake (Chequamegon Waters Flowage) Association will conduct an Aquatic Plant Survey and develop an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Miller Dam Lake. The Lake contains Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP). A point intercept plant survey will be conducted to produce a baseline evaluation of the plant community. To apply management actions in an ecologically sound manner the lake association will develop an aquatic plant management plan to guide their efforts.

Preliminary goals (APM Plan) include: 1) Effectively manage EWM and CLP; 2) Maintain and improve recreational opportunities; 3) Preserve native aquatic plants; 4) Protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat; 5) Evaluate water quality concerns; 6) Evaluate Lake Watershed and potential nutrient impacts.

Project deliverables include: 1) A project kick-off meeting; 2) A public information meeting at draft stage of APM plan; 3) Produce a comprehensive APM plan; 4) Interpret the results of the aquatic plant survey; 5) Provide maps (including CLP, EWM beds) to the lake associations for management.

Specific project conditions: 1) Follow department protocol when conducting the point intercept study; 2) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format; 3) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS; 4) Contact Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to learn about the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs; 4) The Voigt Intertribal Task Force (VTF) (Peter David, 715-682-6619 (ext.123) (pdavid@glifwc.org)) must be consulted on activities that could impact wild rice and/or habitat that could support wild rice. APM Plan development and associated permitting activities require VTF consultation. Thus, its imperative wild rice and associated habitat be an APM Plan component. Contact Frank Koshere (715-392-0807) for specifics on integrating wild rice discussion in your Plan.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Yellow River
Status
Complete

Miller Dam Lake Association: Chequamegon Waters Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: Miller Dam Lake (Chequamegon Waters Flowage) Association will conduct an Aquatic Plant Survey and develop an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Miller Dam Lake. The Lake contains Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP). A point intercept plant survey will be conducted to produce a baseline evaluation of the plant community. To apply management actions in an ecologically sound manner the lake association will develop an aquatic plant management plan to guide their efforts.

Preliminary goals (APM Plan) include: 1) Effectively manage EWM and CLP; 2) Maintain and improve recreational opportunities; 3) Preserve native aquatic plants; 4) Protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat; 5) Evaluate water quality concerns; 6) Evaluate Lake Watershed and potential nutrient impacts.

Project deliverables include: 1) A project kick-off meeting; 2) A public information meeting at draft stage of APM plan; 3) Produce a comprehensive APM plan; 4) Interpret the results of the aquatic plant survey; 5) Provide maps (including CLP, EWM beds) to the lake associations for management.

Specific project conditions: 1) Follow department protocol when conducting the point intercept study; 2) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format; 3) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS; 4) Contact Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to learn about the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs; 4) The Voigt Intertribal Task Force (VTF) (Peter David, 715-682-6619 (ext.123) (pdavid@glifwc.org)) must be consulted on activities that could impact wild rice and/or habitat that could support wild rice. APM Plan development and associated permitting activities require VTF consultation. Thus, its imperative wild rice and associated habitat be an APM Plan component. Contact Frank Koshere (715-392-0807) for specifics on integrating wild rice discussion in your Plan.


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.

Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Chippewa
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
10/28/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Yellow River TP
Date
Status
Category 3. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 613123. AU: 16186.
1/1/2018
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Yellow River TP
Date
Status
Category 3. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10016979. AU: 1525718.
1/1/2018
Proposed
 
Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River WatershedWatershed History Note

The Village of Gilman is located in Taylor County in the Upper Yellow River watershed. In the middle to late 1800's when the Northwestern Lumber Company started logging it off, the Gilman area was a vast area of wooded lands. There were several Indian tribes in the area including the Chippewa, Menominee, Huron, and the Kickapoo. Most migrated up the Yellow River and its tributaries. Prior to the arrival of the railroad in the early 1900's, most of the people in the area were loggers living in many logging camps. Gilman was named after Sallie Gilman, wife of Delos R. Moon, President of the Northwestern Lumber Company. In the original plot of the village of Gilman, the streets were named after their children. In 1902, the first train arrived in Gilman. In the years that followed, new tracks and railroads came and went, and in 2001, the Canadian National bought the Wisconsin Central and now use this as their main line to Chicago and on to New Orleans.

Date  2010