Watershed - Wood River (SC11)
Wood River Watershed

Details

The Wood River Watershed lies in southwestern Burnett County and includes a small portion of northern Polk County. It is approximately 140,951 acres in size and contains 197 miles of streams and rivers, 5,461 acres of lakes and 34,321 acres of wetlands. It is dominated by forests (37%), wetlands (24%) and grassland (21%), and is ranked low for nonpoint source issues.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for Wood River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Wood River Watershed lies in two Ecological Landscapes: the Forest Transition and the Northwest Sands. The Forest Transition Ecological Landscape lies along the northern border of Wisconsin's Tension Zone, through the central and western part of the state, and supports both northern forests and agricultural areas. The central portion of the Forest Transition lies primarily on a glacial till plain deposited by glaciation between 25,000 and 790,000 years ago. The eastern and western portions are on moraines of the Wisconsin glaciation. The growing season in this part of the state is long enough that agriculture is viable, although climatic conditions are not as favorable as in southern Wisconsin. Soils are diverse, ranging from sandy loam to loam or shallow silt loam, and from poorly drained to well drained. The historic vegetation of the Forest Transition was primarily northern hardwood forest. These northern hardwoods were dominated by sugar maple and hemlock, and contained some yellow birch, red pine and white pine. Currently, over 60% of this Ecological Landscape is non-forested. Forested areas consist primarily of northern hardwoods and aspen, with smaller amounts of oak and lowland hardwoods. The eastern portion of the Ecological Landscape differs from the rest of the area in that it remains primarily forested, and includes some ecologically significant areas. Throughout the Ecological Landscape, small areas of conifer swamp are found near the headwaters of streams, and associated with lakes in kettle depressions on moraines. Ground flora show characteristics of both northern and southern Wisconsin, as this Ecological Landscape lies along the Tension Zone. The Northwest Sands Ecological Landscape is a large glacial outwash system consisting of two major landforms: flat plains or terraces along glacial meltwater channels, and pitted or "collapsed" outwash plains containing kettle lakes. Soils are deep sands, low in organic material and nutrients. Historic vegetation at the time of the General Land Office survey was dominantly jack pine and scrub oak forest and barrens. White and red pine forests were also a sizable component of the Ecological Landscape. Numerous barrens occurred in the southwest half of the Ecological Landscape, and a few large barrens within the northeast half. Most of the trees in the barrens were jack pine, but oak savannas also occurred in the south central part of the Ecological Landscape. Current vegetation is a mix of forest, agriculture, and grassland with some wetlands in the river valleys. Pine, aspen-birch and oak equally (27% each) dominate the forested area of the Ecological Landscape. The maple-basswood, spruce-fir, and lowland hardwood forest type groups occupy small percentages of the Ecological Landscape. Within the open lands, there is a relatively large proportion of grassland and shrub land, a small but locally significant amount of emergent/wet meadow and open water, and very little row-crop agriculture.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
4/15/2016
Waters Involved
Spirit Creek
Status
Proposed

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association: 2016-2017 Trade Lake System Ais Management Implementation: Round Trade Lakes Improvement Association is implementing AIS management activities for multiple lakes in 2016 and 2017.

Activities include: aquatic plant management planning and monitoring on Long Trade, Round, Little and Big Trade Lakes and Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed management on Long Trade, Round and Little Trade Lakes. The project also includes partnering with DNR on a dye study and with Grantsburg High School on a native plant reintroduction project in Little Trade; watercraft inspection at 3 landings; purple loosestrife monitoring and biocontrol; and substantial volunteer monitoring, education and outreach.

Final deliverables include: 2018-2022 aquatic plant management plan for the Trade Lakes system that integrates all data, evaluation, and results with a future management strategy; annual summary reports, plan updates and permit applications; submission of all collected data, including watercraft inspection and aquatic plant monitoring information, and results; native plant restoration report; purple loosestrife project summary; and results and examples of information and education outreach.

This scope does not supersede or negate activities described in the grant application and proposal


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
4/15/2016
Waters Involved
Spirit Lake
Status
Proposed

Round Trade Lake Improvement Association: 2016-2017 Trade Lake System Ais Management Implementation: Round Trade Lakes Improvement Association is implementing AIS management activities for multiple lakes in 2016 and 2017.

Activities include: aquatic plant management planning and monitoring on Long Trade, Round, Little and Big Trade Lakes and Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed management on Long Trade, Round and Little Trade Lakes. The project also includes partnering with DNR on a dye study and with Grantsburg High School on a native plant reintroduction project in Little Trade; watercraft inspection at 3 landings; purple loosestrife monitoring and biocontrol; and substantial volunteer monitoring, education and outreach.

Final deliverables include: 2018-2022 aquatic plant management plan for the Trade Lakes system that integrates all data, evaluation, and results with a future management strategy; annual summary reports, plan updates and permit applications; submission of all collected data, including watercraft inspection and aquatic plant monitoring information, and results; native plant restoration report; purple loosestrife project summary; and results and examples of information and education outreach.

This scope does not supersede or negate activities described in the grant application and proposal


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Mud Hen Lake
Status
Complete

Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association: Lake Launch Monitoring & Ais Education - 2 Seasons: Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association is sponsoring a two-year boat launch surveillance, watercraft inspection, and public education project on five lakes (Mud Hen, Lake Twenty Six, Big Wood, Yellow, and Johnson Lakes). This is a two-year pilot project in Wisconsin and the only of its kind being funded with AIS grant dollars.

The project includes: monitoring equipment installed at seven landings that will capture the frequency of usage and identify high-use time periods; a process for capturing and reporting violations of the Illegal to Launch law; development of angler education materials that will be distributed to local bait shops; implementation of garbage receptacles at landings; and a Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop.

Specifically the deliverables associated with this project include:
1. A project report summarizing education and outreach and monitoring activities and surveillance/landing activity.
2. Clean Boats Clean Waters data collection summary. Data collected must include those data required as part of the CBCW program and must be entered in the statewide database to be eligible for grant reimbursement.

Special Conditions
1. Any new identification of an aquatic invasive species must be immediately reported to the Department.
2. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.
3. All necessary permits and permissions must be acquired before implementation any equipment or signage at the boat landings.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
North Fork Wood River
Status
Complete

Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association: Lake Launch Monitoring & Ais Education - 2 Seasons: Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association is sponsoring a two-year boat launch surveillance, watercraft inspection, and public education project on five lakes (Mud Hen, Lake Twenty Six, Big Wood, Yellow, and Johnson Lakes). This is a two-year pilot project in Wisconsin and the only of its kind being funded with AIS grant dollars.

The project includes: monitoring equipment installed at seven landings that will capture the frequency of usage and identify high-use time periods; a process for capturing and reporting violations of the Illegal to Launch law; development of angler education materials that will be distributed to local bait shops; implementation of garbage receptacles at landings; and a Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop.

Specifically the deliverables associated with this project include:
1. A project report summarizing education and outreach and monitoring activities and surveillance/landing activity.
2. Clean Boats Clean Waters data collection summary. Data collected must include those data required as part of the CBCW program and must be entered in the statewide database to be eligible for grant reimbursement.

Special Conditions
1. Any new identification of an aquatic invasive species must be immediately reported to the Department.
2. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.
3. All necessary permits and permissions must be acquired before implementation any equipment or signage at the boat landings.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2005
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake Ais Program: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an aquatic invasive species (AIS) project on Big Wood Lake which includes watercraft inspection at two public access points, in-lake monitoring, and an I & E program aimed at lake residents and users.

Approximately 200 hours of volunteer watercraft inspection time at two landings in accordance with WI-DNR and UW-Ext. Lakes "Clean Boats, Clean Waters" guidelines will be completed. Bi-monthly in-lake monitoring for AIS will be provided by a paid consultant at the two access points and additional sites around the lake. Informational and educational materials will be provided to lake residents and users via several methods including at watercraft inspection sites, individual mailings, the "Wood Chips" newsletter, and the Big Wood Lake website.

Special Conditions for this project: 1. Project sponsor will immediately report any new AIS infestation to the appropriate DNR representative. 2. Follow all CBCW protocols including timely submission of all watercraft inspection data to the CBCW database. 3. Documentation of paid consultants work and results related to the project. 4. DNR to receive both paper and electronic (.pdf) copies of final report which includes documentation of all in-kind/volunteer contributions.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association: Lake Launch Monitoring & Ais Education - 2 Seasons: Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association is sponsoring a two-year boat launch surveillance, watercraft inspection, and public education project on five lakes (Mud Hen, Lake Twenty Six, Big Wood, Yellow, and Johnson Lakes). This is a two-year pilot project in Wisconsin and the only of its kind being funded with AIS grant dollars.

The project includes: monitoring equipment installed at seven landings that will capture the frequency of usage and identify high-use time periods; a process for capturing and reporting violations of the Illegal to Launch law; development of angler education materials that will be distributed to local bait shops; implementation of garbage receptacles at landings; and a Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop.

Specifically the deliverables associated with this project include:
1. A project report summarizing education and outreach and monitoring activities and surveillance/landing activity.
2. Clean Boats Clean Waters data collection summary. Data collected must include those data required as part of the CBCW program and must be entered in the statewide database to be eligible for grant reimbursement.

Special Conditions
1. Any new identification of an aquatic invasive species must be immediately reported to the Department.
2. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.
3. All necessary permits and permissions must be acquired before implementation any equipment or signage at the boat landings.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake 2007 Ais Education Project: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including public education of boaters during boat launches, boat inspections, riparian and in-lake aquatic AIS inspections. Bimonthly aquatic plant surveys will be performed via scuba inspections of critical areas (boat ramp and both inflow areas) with suspected invasive aquatic macrophyte samples sent to a herbarium for identification. Property owners will conduct shoreline surveys for AIS.

Deliverables include: 1) Training session and workshop agendas. 2) Aquatic plant survey results including graphs and maps from scuba inspections and riparian inspections. 3) Examples of articles, newsletters, and other AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact proper DNR authorities in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede grant application specifics. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator. If a consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft for comment prior to making final payment to the consultant.

DNR to receive both paper and electronic copies of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake 2008 Ais Education Project: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including public education of boaters during boat launches, boat inspections, riparian and in-lake aquatic AIS inspections. Bimonthly aquatic plant surveys will be performed via scuba inspections of critical areas (boat ramp and both inflow areas) with suspected invasive aquatic macrophyte samples sent to a herbarium for identification. Property owners will conduct shoreline surveys for AIS.

Deliverables include a paper and electronic copy of final report including: 1) A summary of project accomplishments detailing total time spent on the project, number of people reached, and landing postings; 2) Education session/workshop agendas; 3) Aquatic plant survey results including graphs and maps from scuba inspections and riparian inspections; 4) Examples of articles, newsletters, and other AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede grant application specifics. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator. If a consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft for comment prior to making final payment to the consultant. DNR to receive both paper and electronic copies of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan Update, Monitoring & Education: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an AIS monitoring, education, and planning project. Monitoring activities include: AIS monitoring at the boat landing(s) and inlet; a point-intercept survey; CLP bed mapping. Education activities include: AIS outreach through mailings, website update, and local even participation and updated boat landing signs. Their 2007 APM will be updated with the monitoring results and a fresh public participation process.

Deliverables include: AIS and aquatic plant survey results; examples of articles, newsletters, and other AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant; and updated APM Plan.

Special conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance should be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring and aquatic plant management plan development; 2) The WDNR Aquatic Plant Management Strategy (2007) will be utilized in plan development and educational outreach.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps, and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2005
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake Ais Program: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an aquatic invasive species (AIS) project on Big Wood Lake which includes watercraft inspection at two public access points, in-lake monitoring, and an I & E program aimed at lake residents and users.

Approximately 200 hours of volunteer watercraft inspection time at two landings in accordance with WI-DNR and UW-Ext. Lakes "Clean Boats, Clean Waters" guidelines will be completed. Bi-monthly in-lake monitoring for AIS will be provided by a paid consultant at the two access points and additional sites around the lake. Informational and educational materials will be provided to lake residents and users via several methods including at watercraft inspection sites, individual mailings, the "Wood Chips" newsletter, and the Big Wood Lake website.

Special Conditions for this project: 1. Project sponsor will immediately report any new AIS infestation to the appropriate DNR representative. 2. Follow all CBCW protocols including timely submission of all watercraft inspection data to the CBCW database. 3. Documentation of paid consultants work and results related to the project. 4. DNR to receive both paper and electronic (.pdf) copies of final report which includes documentation of all in-kind/volunteer contributions.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association: Lake Launch Monitoring & Ais Education - 2 Seasons: Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association is sponsoring a two-year boat launch surveillance, watercraft inspection, and public education project on five lakes (Mud Hen, Lake Twenty Six, Big Wood, Yellow, and Johnson Lakes). This is a two-year pilot project in Wisconsin and the only of its kind being funded with AIS grant dollars.

The project includes: monitoring equipment installed at seven landings that will capture the frequency of usage and identify high-use time periods; a process for capturing and reporting violations of the Illegal to Launch law; development of angler education materials that will be distributed to local bait shops; implementation of garbage receptacles at landings; and a Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop.

Specifically the deliverables associated with this project include:
1. A project report summarizing education and outreach and monitoring activities and surveillance/landing activity.
2. Clean Boats Clean Waters data collection summary. Data collected must include those data required as part of the CBCW program and must be entered in the statewide database to be eligible for grant reimbursement.

Special Conditions
1. Any new identification of an aquatic invasive species must be immediately reported to the Department.
2. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.
3. All necessary permits and permissions must be acquired before implementation any equipment or signage at the boat landings.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake 2007 Ais Education Project: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including public education of boaters during boat launches, boat inspections, riparian and in-lake aquatic AIS inspections. Bimonthly aquatic plant surveys will be performed via scuba inspections of critical areas (boat ramp and both inflow areas) with suspected invasive aquatic macrophyte samples sent to a herbarium for identification. Property owners will conduct shoreline surveys for AIS.

Deliverables include: 1) Training session and workshop agendas. 2) Aquatic plant survey results including graphs and maps from scuba inspections and riparian inspections. 3) Examples of articles, newsletters, and other AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact proper DNR authorities in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede grant application specifics. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator. If a consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft for comment prior to making final payment to the consultant.

DNR to receive both paper and electronic copies of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake 2008 Ais Education Project: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including public education of boaters during boat launches, boat inspections, riparian and in-lake aquatic AIS inspections. Bimonthly aquatic plant surveys will be performed via scuba inspections of critical areas (boat ramp and both inflow areas) with suspected invasive aquatic macrophyte samples sent to a herbarium for identification. Property owners will conduct shoreline surveys for AIS.

Deliverables include a paper and electronic copy of final report including: 1) A summary of project accomplishments detailing total time spent on the project, number of people reached, and landing postings; 2) Education session/workshop agendas; 3) Aquatic plant survey results including graphs and maps from scuba inspections and riparian inspections; 4) Examples of articles, newsletters, and other AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede grant application specifics. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator. If a consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft for comment prior to making final payment to the consultant. DNR to receive both paper and electronic copies of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan Update, Monitoring & Education: The Big Wood Lake Association is sponsoring an AIS monitoring, education, and planning project. Monitoring activities include: AIS monitoring at the boat landing(s) and inlet; a point-intercept survey; CLP bed mapping. Education activities include: AIS outreach through mailings, website update, and local even participation and updated boat landing signs. Their 2007 APM will be updated with the monitoring results and a fresh public participation process.

Deliverables include: AIS and aquatic plant survey results; examples of articles, newsletters, and other AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant; and updated APM Plan.

Special conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance should be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring and aquatic plant management plan development; 2) The WDNR Aquatic Plant Management Strategy (2007) will be utilized in plan development and educational outreach.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps, and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Fish Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Grantsburg: Five Twnsp Watershed & Land Use Plan Project: The Town of Grantsburg proposes to be the project sponsor for a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Townships of Daniels, Grantsburg, Lincoln, West Marshland, and Wood River in Burnett County. Project activities would include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, inventory of towns' resources, and developing goals, policies and recommendations for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
? Copies of comprehensive resource and land use maps for the towns and project area.
? Copies of proposed land use and lake protection recommendations.
? A Final Report in booklet or poster format, incorporating the land use plan and process along with associated colored resource maps and a land and water use development guide.

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.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Hay Creek
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 1: Restoration/Bmp Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 1 (LPL-1436-11) project tasks include: 1) Recreational use survey; 2) Park restoration conceptual design with public feedback/participation; 3) Mussel community and habitat survey downstream of dam; 4) Lake fair.

Special Conditions: Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Hay Creek
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 2: Stormwater Management Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 2 (LPL-1427-11) project tasks include: 1) Stormwater ordinance and utility review; 2) Stormwater management plan with recommendations; 3) Identification of residential BMPs and property owner recruitment for implementation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Hay Creek Flowage
Status
Complete

Town Of Grantsburg: Five Twnsp Watershed & Land Use Plan Project: The Town of Grantsburg proposes to be the project sponsor for a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Townships of Daniels, Grantsburg, Lincoln, West Marshland, and Wood River in Burnett County. Project activities would include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, inventory of towns' resources, and developing goals, policies and recommendations for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
? Copies of comprehensive resource and land use maps for the towns and project area.
? Copies of proposed land use and lake protection recommendations.
? A Final Report in booklet or poster format, incorporating the land use plan and process along with associated colored resource maps and a land and water use development guide.

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.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2006
Waters Involved
Memory Lake
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Management Plan: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a project to develop a holistic management plan for Memory Lake and the Wood River.

The specific elements of the plan include:
1. Summary of historic information.
2. List of regulations/ordinances that affect Memory Lake.
3. Location and delineations of wild rice stands. Qualitative comparison of current aquatic plant species presence/absence and relative abundance to that of historic survey.
4. Comparison of fish communities above and below the Memory Lake dam.
5. Shoreline/watershed survey, including identification of ecologically sensitive areas and erosion areas with mapped and prioritized protection/restoration sites.
6. Wood River bedload and Memory Lake sediment core analysis, including location, type, and depth, and sedimentation rate and sources.
7. Definition/quantification of Memory Lake hydrology and hydraulics, including watershed delineations of Wood River, storm sewers, and overland flow.
8. Sedimentation modeling with suite of flows and loads under various dam operation regimes and restoration to channel flow.
9. Community survey and scoping/planning sessions.
10. Exploration of management alternatives and feasibility of each. Alternatives may include water level manipulation, dredging, non-point source control, and/or natural channel restoration.

Special Conditions:
1. Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.
2. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.

A draft report/deliverables should be submitted to the regional Lake Coordinator for review before finalization.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Memory Lake
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 1: Restoration/Bmp Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 1 (LPL-1436-11) project tasks include: 1) Recreational use survey; 2) Park restoration conceptual design with public feedback/participation; 3) Mussel community and habitat survey downstream of dam; 4) Lake fair.

Special Conditions: Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Memory Lake
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 2: Stormwater Management Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 2 (LPL-1427-11) project tasks include: 1) Stormwater ordinance and utility review; 2) Stormwater management plan with recommendations; 3) Identification of residential BMPs and property owner recruitment for implementation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2011
Waters Involved
Memory Lake
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Restoration & Runoff Management Planning For Memory Lake, Phase 3 Watershed Assessment: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring the third phase of a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

The specific Phase 3 project tasks include: 1) Memory Lake watershed delineation; 2) Wildlife assessment; 3) Identification and prioritization of BMPs; 4) Modeling, mapping and final report.

The final deliverable will be a final report with site specific management and implementation plans and a storm water management plan.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

River Country Rc&D Council, Inc: Green Development Conference: River Country RC&D proposes to conduct a conference entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Green Development" in conjunction with the St. Croix Basin Partnership Team. Objective of the conference and associated bus tours will be to provide riparian owners, interested citizens, and municipal operators and engineers with information useful to the development of small-scale and community-wide stormwater management practices.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Tobe Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Grantsburg: Five Twnsp Watershed & Land Use Plan Project: The Town of Grantsburg proposes to be the project sponsor for a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Townships of Daniels, Grantsburg, Lincoln, West Marshland, and Wood River in Burnett County. Project activities would include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, inventory of towns' resources, and developing goals, policies and recommendations for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
? Copies of comprehensive resource and land use maps for the towns and project area.
? Copies of proposed land use and lake protection recommendations.
? A Final Report in booklet or poster format, incorporating the land use plan and process along with associated colored resource maps and a land and water use development guide.

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.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Town Road Flowage
Status
Complete

Town Of Grantsburg: Five Twnsp Watershed & Land Use Plan Project: The Town of Grantsburg proposes to be the project sponsor for a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Townships of Daniels, Grantsburg, Lincoln, West Marshland, and Wood River in Burnett County. Project activities would include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, inventory of towns' resources, and developing goals, policies and recommendations for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
? Copies of comprehensive resource and land use maps for the towns and project area.
? Copies of proposed land use and lake protection recommendations.
? A Final Report in booklet or poster format, incorporating the land use plan and process along with associated colored resource maps and a land and water use development guide.

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.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

River Country Rc&D Council, Inc: Green Development Conference: River Country RC&D proposes to conduct a conference entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Green Development" in conjunction with the St. Croix Basin Partnership Team. Objective of the conference and associated bus tours will be to provide riparian owners, interested citizens, and municipal operators and engineers with information useful to the development of small-scale and community-wide stormwater management practices.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 1: Restoration/Bmp Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 1 (LPL-1436-11) project tasks include: 1) Recreational use survey; 2) Park restoration conceptual design with public feedback/participation; 3) Mussel community and habitat survey downstream of dam; 4) Lake fair.

Special Conditions: Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 2: Stormwater Management Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 2 (LPL-1427-11) project tasks include: 1) Stormwater ordinance and utility review; 2) Stormwater management plan with recommendations; 3) Identification of residential BMPs and property owner recruitment for implementation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Upper Hay Creek Flowage
Status
Complete

Town Of Grantsburg: Five Twnsp Watershed & Land Use Plan Project: The Town of Grantsburg proposes to be the project sponsor for a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Townships of Daniels, Grantsburg, Lincoln, West Marshland, and Wood River in Burnett County. Project activities would include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, inventory of towns' resources, and developing goals, policies and recommendations for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
? Copies of comprehensive resource and land use maps for the towns and project area.
? Copies of proposed land use and lake protection recommendations.
? A Final Report in booklet or poster format, incorporating the land use plan and process along with associated colored resource maps and a land and water use development guide.

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.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Whiskey Creek
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 1: Restoration/Bmp Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 1 (LPL-1436-11) project tasks include: 1) Recreational use survey; 2) Park restoration conceptual design with public feedback/participation; 3) Mussel community and habitat survey downstream of dam; 4) Lake fair.

Special Conditions: Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Whiskey Creek
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 2: Stormwater Management Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 2 (LPL-1427-11) project tasks include: 1) Stormwater ordinance and utility review; 2) Stormwater management plan with recommendations; 3) Identification of residential BMPs and property owner recruitment for implementation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Whiskey Creek Flowage
Status
Complete

Town Of Grantsburg: Five Twnsp Watershed & Land Use Plan Project: The Town of Grantsburg proposes to be the project sponsor for a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Townships of Daniels, Grantsburg, Lincoln, West Marshland, and Wood River in Burnett County. Project activities would include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, inventory of towns' resources, and developing goals, policies and recommendations for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
? Copies of comprehensive resource and land use maps for the towns and project area.
? Copies of proposed land use and lake protection recommendations.
? A Final Report in booklet or poster format, incorporating the land use plan and process along with associated colored resource maps and a land and water use development guide.

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.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
12/7/1992
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake Management Planning: 1) Monitor water quality during 1993 as specified in application. 2) Collect hydrologic data. 3) Conduct an aquatic macrophyte survey.4) Map land use within the watershed. 5) Disseminate information to the public by newsletter, local newspaper, and public meetings.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1997
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Burnett County Land & Water Conserv. Dept.: Big Wood Lake Priority Watershed Training Video: Burnett County Land and Water Conservation Department proposes to partnership with UWEX, UW-Superior, Big Wood Lake Association, Little Wood Lake Association, Round-Trade Lake Association and the DNR to put together the Big Wood Lake Priority Watershed Training Video. This tool will raise awareness and educate the county residents on the need to protect and enhance the shoreline areas of their own lakes. 100 copies of the finished video will be distributed with existing printed materials on shoreline management to area lake organizations, county extension and conservation offices, the DNR offices in the area and other interested groups.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
1/2/2002
Waters Involved
Wood Lake
Status
Complete

Big Wood Lake Association, Inc.: Big Wood Lake Water Quality Study: The Big Wood Lake Association, Inc. will conduct a study of water quality and watershed conditions on Big Wood Lake in Burnett County. This project will focus on a comparison of conditions that were found during a 1993 Lake Planning Grant study on this lake. Project activities will include; water quality monitoring of the lake and the inlet and outlet streams, conducting a macrophyte survey, and assessing the impact of practices that were implemented during the Priority Watershed Project that is ongoing on this lake and watershed. The project data will be utilized to generate a final project report.

Specific deliverables for this grant project include:
? A comprehensive final 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.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2006
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Management Plan: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a project to develop a holistic management plan for Memory Lake and the Wood River.

The specific elements of the plan include:
1. Summary of historic information.
2. List of regulations/ordinances that affect Memory Lake.
3. Location and delineations of wild rice stands. Qualitative comparison of current aquatic plant species presence/absence and relative abundance to that of historic survey.
4. Comparison of fish communities above and below the Memory Lake dam.
5. Shoreline/watershed survey, including identification of ecologically sensitive areas and erosion areas with mapped and prioritized protection/restoration sites.
6. Wood River bedload and Memory Lake sediment core analysis, including location, type, and depth, and sedimentation rate and sources.
7. Definition/quantification of Memory Lake hydrology and hydraulics, including watershed delineations of Wood River, storm sewers, and overland flow.
8. Sedimentation modeling with suite of flows and loads under various dam operation regimes and restoration to channel flow.
9. Community survey and scoping/planning sessions.
10. Exploration of management alternatives and feasibility of each. Alternatives may include water level manipulation, dredging, non-point source control, and/or natural channel restoration.

Special Conditions:
1. Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.
2. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.

A draft report/deliverables should be submitted to the regional Lake Coordinator for review before finalization.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 1: Restoration/Bmp Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 1 (LPL-1436-11) project tasks include: 1) Recreational use survey; 2) Park restoration conceptual design with public feedback/participation; 3) Mussel community and habitat survey downstream of dam; 4) Lake fair.

Special Conditions: Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Wood River
Status
Complete

Village Of Grantsburg: Memory Lake Phase 2: Stormwater Management Planning: The Village of Grantsburg is sponsoring a three-phase project to develop a restoration plan for Memory Lake Park and inventory habitat and the mussel community; develop a Village storm water management plan and recruit resident participants for BMP installation; and delineate and assess the Wood Lake to Memory Lake subbasin and prioritize watershed BMPs. Each phase includes substantial public participation and outreach. The final deliverable will be a single report that includes recommendations and conceptual designs for Memory Lake Park and Wood River watershed BMPs.

Phase 2 (LPL-1427-11) project tasks include: 1) Stormwater ordinance and utility review; 2) Stormwater management plan with recommendations; 3) Identification of residential BMPs and property owner recruitment for implementation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2003
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Nutrient River Conference: St. Croix County Land and Water Conservation Department proposes to sponsor a conference in Februrary of 2004 to identify and begin to address factors contributing to the pollution of Lake St. Croix. The goal is to bring together wastewater treatment managers, local officials, water resource professionals, land developers and watershed manager to allow networking and sharing of information associated with nutrient and sediment loading in the lake. The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Basin Conference: St Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2006
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Conference '06: St. Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix. Major project elements to include: 1) conference costs associated with printing mailing, provision of lunch and transportation, 2) staff coordination.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2003
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Nutrient River Conference: St. Croix County Land and Water Conservation Department proposes to sponsor a conference in Februrary of 2004 to identify and begin to address factors contributing to the pollution of Lake St. Croix. The goal is to bring together wastewater treatment managers, local officials, water resource professionals, land developers and watershed manager to allow networking and sharing of information associated with nutrient and sediment loading in the lake. The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Basin Conference: St Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2006
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Conference '06: St. Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix. Major project elements to include: 1) conference costs associated with printing mailing, provision of lunch and transportation, 2) staff coordination.


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
Wood River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
11/7/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
11/7/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Unnamed Trib Biology mIBI
Date
Status
Only assessment result is "poor". Furthe monitoring recommended. AU: 5545373; Station ID: 10042428
5/1/2018
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Unnamed Trib to North Fork Wood River TP
Date
Status
New Category 2 based on temperature. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10041943. AU: 6777130.
1/1/2018
Proposed
 
Wood River WatershedWatershed History Note

The Village of Grantsburg is located within the Wood River Watershed. A man named Canute Anderson was responsible for getting Grantsburg on the map when he spent the winter of 1852-1853 near the St. Croix River, north of the present day village. Grantsburg was named after General Ulysses S. Grant's victory at Vicksburg. By 1875 Grantsburg had three stores, a good hotel, two sawmills, one shingle mill, a grist mill, two blacksmith shops, a saloon, a Methodist church, a Lutheran church and a school. The entire countryside was saddened when Canute Anderson was killed in a farm haying accident in 1893. The Fremstad family were early pioneers in the village. They were an accomplished musical family as well as medically proficient. Dr. Fremstad took charge of countless patients in the diphtheria epidemic, conducted Swedish singing classes and sang at tent meetings and socials held at the rink. Mrs. Fremsted was a graduated midwife who attended call at all hours. Their daughter Olive traveled the world as an operatic prima Dona. She sang with the great Caruso and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Grantsburg is known for being home to Big Gust Anderson, who resided in Grantsburg for about 25 years before he died in 1926. The 7 1/2 foot man became well known as the village Marshall and lamp lighter. He was said to be able to pick up two drunks at a time, one under each arm, and carry them to jail. He could hold up a car's axle so a tire could be repaired, or help a horse pull a wagon through the snow. A life size wooden statue of "Big Gust", carved by Alf Olson, is located in front of the Community Center building.

Date  2011