Watershed - Middle Jump River (UC03)
Middle Jump River Watershed

Details

The Middle Jump River watershed contains the North Fork of the Jump River, the downstream portion of the South Fork Jump, and nine miles of the Jump River after the two forks meet. This watershed has only one lake of any size, Cranberry Lake at the head of the North Fork Jump. The watershed has many miles of streams, most of which are small forage fish streams. The intermittent flow conditions of these streams are characteristic of the drainage patterns in this geographical area. The watershed is largely public and private wild land and is quite rocky in places. It also contains a significant amount of wetlands. Much of the watershed which extends into Taylor County is in the Chequamegon National Forest. The two municipalities in the watershed are Kennan and Catawba. both of which are sewered. The North Fork of the Jump River begins at Cranberry Lake which receives discharge from a large commercial cranberry operation. Spring Creek is a short feeder stream into one of the impoundments. Most of the other streams in the watershed are quite small, and little is known about them. Hobbles Creek is the longest stream in the watershed other than the Jump River. Hobbles supports a warm water sport fish community. Needles Creek has the potential for to be affected by a gravel pit operation.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Middle Jump 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

Wildlife and Habitat

The Bureau of Endangered Resources documents occurrences of a dragonfly species which is endangered in Wisconsin, as well as several Wisconsin Special Concern Species in the Lower South Fork of the Jump River. The populations of these species appear lower than expected given the excellent structure available in the River (Bur. of Endangered Resources. 1993).

Date  1996

Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
3/24/2008
Waters Involved
Jump River
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Holcombe Ewm: Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to contract with a certified applicator to treat approximately 17 acres of Lake Holcombe and Pine Lake as it enters Holcombe. Major project elements to include liquid herbacide (Weedar) injection.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
4/1/2009
Waters Involved
Jump River
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Holcombe Ewm '09: The Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to contract for chemical treatment to control Eurasian Watermilfoil investation in an approx. 10-acre area of Pine Lake, an off-shoot of the Holcombe Flowage in Chippewa County. Other major project elements include hand-pulling in selected areas and Clean Boats Clean Waters outreach, all to be conducted by association volunteers.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Cranberry Lake
Status
Proposed

Price County: Shoreline Protection & Restoration Through Education: Price County LCD will sponsor a project to educate property owners on the value of maintaining and restoring natural shorelines. This project is crucial in protecting natural resources (fish and wildlife habitat) and reducing the impact on our surface waters caused by development.

The project includes the following goals: 1) Create "Caring for our Shorelines," a property owners guide to shoreline protection; 2) In cooperation with the Price County Waterway Association and others, develop additional educational/informational marketing strategies and distribute "Caring for our Shorelines"; 3) Establish "Shoreline Friends" program, mailing informational packet to new waterfront property owners or distribution via lake and river groups; 4) Assist property owners with the development of shoreline restoration plans; 5) Monitor shoreline restoration sites; 6) In cooperation with the LCD, continue to implement cost sharing foe shoreline restoration; 7) Continue general shoreline protection information/education program by developing training sessions for landscape contractors and material suppliers to educate them on shoreline protection and restoration.

Project deliverables include: 1) Create "Caring for our Shorelines," a property owners guide to shoreline protection; 2) Develop "Shoreline Friends" program and informational packet; 3) Assist approximately 25 shoreline restoration sites each year in Price County; 4) Host workshops for landscapers and other contractors working with shoreline protection and restoration; 5) Final report summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project.


Middle Jump River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Citizen Stream Monitoring
Date
Status
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Citizen Stream Monitoring
Date
Status
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Citizen Stream Monitoring
Date
Status
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Citizen Stream Monitoring
Date
Status
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Citizen Stream Monitoring
Date
Status
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Educate Lake Residents
Educate Residents
Date
Status
26125504 Educate Residents of Lake Communities in Price County about Lake Water Quality Conditions.
10/1/2008
Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Price
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Rusk
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Community
 
Date
Status
WRM should conduct water quality monitoring and habitat assessment in the North and South Forks of the Jump and the Jump main stem.
1/1/2010
Proposed
 
Middle Jump River WatershedWatershed History Note