Watershed - Lower North Fork Flambeau River (UC11)
Lower North Fork Flambeau River Watershed

Details

This watershed contains an abundance of valuable water resources. The Lower North Fork of the Flambeau River is in the Flambeau River State Forest and considered to be one of the best canoe routes in the upper Midwest. In addition to the excellent warm water sports fishery in the Lower North Fork - a fishery which includes muskellunge, northern pike, bass, and various panfish - all of the streams in the watershed are listed as trout waters. The watershed is heavily forested with some wetlands, and shows very little development. Only two small communities exist in the watershed, Oxbo and Kennedy, and a few cabins along the Lower North Fork. There are no dams on the North Fork of the Flambeau River in this watershed, but flows in the river are influenced by dam operation upstream.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Lower North Fork Flambeau 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 entire Flambeau River system provides significant habitat for aquatic endangered resources. The Lower North Fork, however, has a lower diversity of odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) than is to be expected for this segment of the river.

Date  1996

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Connors Lake
Status
Complete

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Copapi Ais Control: This project includes three lakes (Connors, Papoose and Lake of the Pines). An Aquatic Plant Management (APM) Plan was approved by the Department in July of 2008 and adopted by the Lake Association. This grant will be used to implement AIS control measures as identified in the plan.

Project goals include: 1) Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) growth is kept to a minimum level in Connors Lake; 2) EWM does not establish and spread into Papoose Lake or Lake of the Pines; 3) The growth and spread of Curly leaf pondweed is minimized in Connors Lake; 4) No new AIS are introduced and established in our lakes; 5) The lakes' diverse native plant communities are preserved; 6) Lake residents understand the importance of native aquatic plants, the means to protect them, and the threat of AIS; 7) Aquatic plant management efforts are carried out in an efficient cost effective manner.

Project deliverables include: 1) Summary reports of pre and post monitoring data; 2) Listing of workshops and presentations; 3) Example newsletter articles; 4) Boat landing monitoring results (dates, volunteer numbers, hours); 5) Watercraft inspection results (data collected); 6) Number of trained citizen watercraft inspectors.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The information collected by the watercraft inspectors should be entered into the department database; 2) The department pre and post monitoring protocol should be followed; 3) Obtain APM permit for any AIS herbicide treatment; 4) Provide annual summary reports (electronic and hard copy) of implementation activities including pre and post monitoring data; 5) Contact Erin Henneger (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 if you have not done so.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Lake of the Pines
Status
Complete

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Copapi Ais Control: This project includes three lakes (Connors, Papoose and Lake of the Pines). An Aquatic Plant Management (APM) Plan was approved by the Department in July of 2008 and adopted by the Lake Association. This grant will be used to implement AIS control measures as identified in the plan.

Project goals include: 1) Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) growth is kept to a minimum level in Connors Lake; 2) EWM does not establish and spread into Papoose Lake or Lake of the Pines; 3) The growth and spread of Curly leaf pondweed is minimized in Connors Lake; 4) No new AIS are introduced and established in our lakes; 5) The lakes' diverse native plant communities are preserved; 6) Lake residents understand the importance of native aquatic plants, the means to protect them, and the threat of AIS; 7) Aquatic plant management efforts are carried out in an efficient cost effective manner.

Project deliverables include: 1) Summary reports of pre and post monitoring data; 2) Listing of workshops and presentations; 3) Example newsletter articles; 4) Boat landing monitoring results (dates, volunteer numbers, hours); 5) Watercraft inspection results (data collected); 6) Number of trained citizen watercraft inspectors.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The information collected by the watercraft inspectors should be entered into the department database; 2) The department pre and post monitoring protocol should be followed; 3) Obtain APM permit for any AIS herbicide treatment; 4) Provide annual summary reports (electronic and hard copy) of implementation activities including pre and post monitoring data; 5) Contact Erin Henneger (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 if you have not done so.


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

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Ais Education, Prevention, & Planning Project: The CoPaPi Assoc. will sponsor an AIS prevention project including public education and monitoring of launches by boat inspections, an aquatic plant survey, and development of an AP Management Plan. The project includes public contact at landings, newsletters, written material distribution, and activities to educate the public about AIS and prevention of spread. An aquatic plant management plan will be developed including whole lake aquatic plant surveys on Connors, Papoose, and Lake of the Pines using the Point Intercept Survey method. Aquatic macrophyte samples will be sent to a herbarium for identification.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Documentation of donated time & services related to grant administration. 2) Agendas of training sessions & workshops. 3) Watercraft inspection report with time & number of people reached; Clean Boats, Clean Water survey data will be entered on the CB/CW database. 4) Aquatic plant survey report including graphs & maps. 5) Minutes of meetings indicating changes to local ordinances were reviewed. 6) Examples of articles or newsletters. 7) Aquatic Plant Management Plan. 8) AIS 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 scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede the 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 Lake Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft final report. The DNR shall receive paper and electronic copies of the final report.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Connors Lake
Status
Complete

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Connors Lake & Lake Of The Pines Ais Prevention: CO/PA/PI Voluntary Lake Association is sponsoring a 4-yr project to conduct AIS monitoring and update the APM plan for the three lakes.

Project deliverables include GIS data & maps of areas monitored, aquatic plant survey & bed mapping results, examples of AIS education & outreach, AIS monitoring & watercraft inspection data in SWIMS, and an updated APM plan.

Specific project activities include: 1) Pre-post treatment aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Point Intercept plant survey on Lake of the Pines & Papoose Lake; 3) Watercraft inspections, including Landing Blitz participation; 4) AIS education & monitoring; 5) Aquatic Plant Management Plan (APM) update.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance shall be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring and aquatic plant management plan development. The NOR Native Plant Protection Strategy shall be integrated into the APM plan; 2) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 3) AIS monitoring and watercraft inspection personnel shall be trained and follow DNR approved protocols; 4) Education materials shall be consistent with the Department\2019s statewide education strategy for preventing and controlling AIS.

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 Lakes Biologist.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Lake of the Pines
Status
Complete

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Ais Education, Prevention, & Planning Project: The CoPaPi Assoc. will sponsor an AIS prevention project including public education and monitoring of launches by boat inspections, an aquatic plant survey, and development of an AP Management Plan. The project includes public contact at landings, newsletters, written material distribution, and activities to educate the public about AIS and prevention of spread. An aquatic plant management plan will be developed including whole lake aquatic plant surveys on Connors, Papoose, and Lake of the Pines using the Point Intercept Survey method. Aquatic macrophyte samples will be sent to a herbarium for identification.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Documentation of donated time & services related to grant administration. 2) Agendas of training sessions & workshops. 3) Watercraft inspection report with time & number of people reached; Clean Boats, Clean Water survey data will be entered on the CB/CW database. 4) Aquatic plant survey report including graphs & maps. 5) Minutes of meetings indicating changes to local ordinances were reviewed. 6) Examples of articles or newsletters. 7) Aquatic Plant Management Plan. 8) AIS 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 scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede the 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 Lake Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft final report. The DNR shall receive paper and electronic copies of the final report.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Lake of the Pines
Status
Proposed

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Connors Lake & Lake Of The Pines Ais Prevention: CO/PA/PI Voluntary Lake Association is sponsoring a 4-yr project to conduct AIS monitoring and update the APM plan for the three lakes.

Project deliverables include GIS data & maps of areas monitored, aquatic plant survey & bed mapping results, examples of AIS education & outreach, AIS monitoring & watercraft inspection data in SWIMS, and an updated APM plan.

Specific project activities include: 1) Pre-post treatment aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Point Intercept plant survey on Lake of the Pines & Papoose Lake; 3) Watercraft inspections, including Landing Blitz participation; 4) AIS education & monitoring; 5) Aquatic Plant Management Plan (APM) update.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance shall be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring and aquatic plant management plan development. The NOR Native Plant Protection Strategy shall be integrated into the APM plan; 2) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 3) AIS monitoring and watercraft inspection personnel shall be trained and follow DNR approved protocols; 4) Education materials shall be consistent with the Department\2019s statewide education strategy for preventing and controlling AIS.

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 Lakes Biologist.


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

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Ais Education, Prevention, & Planning Project: The CoPaPi Assoc. will sponsor an AIS prevention project including public education and monitoring of launches by boat inspections, an aquatic plant survey, and development of an AP Management Plan. The project includes public contact at landings, newsletters, written material distribution, and activities to educate the public about AIS and prevention of spread. An aquatic plant management plan will be developed including whole lake aquatic plant surveys on Connors, Papoose, and Lake of the Pines using the Point Intercept Survey method. Aquatic macrophyte samples will be sent to a herbarium for identification.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Documentation of donated time & services related to grant administration. 2) Agendas of training sessions & workshops. 3) Watercraft inspection report with time & number of people reached; Clean Boats, Clean Water survey data will be entered on the CB/CW database. 4) Aquatic plant survey report including graphs & maps. 5) Minutes of meetings indicating changes to local ordinances were reviewed. 6) Examples of articles or newsletters. 7) Aquatic Plant Management Plan. 8) AIS 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 scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede the 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 Lake Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft final report. The DNR shall receive paper and electronic copies of the final report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Connors Lake
Status
Complete

Co/Pa/Pi Voluntary Lake Association: Do Meter & Monitoring: Long term Dissolved oxygen monitoring will take place on Connors Lake for the Self Help Monitoring Program.

The project includes the following goals:
1. More efficient and less time consuming for volunteer (Connor's lake is 80+ feet deep).
2. Allow for testing of DO at more frequent intervals to develop a more comprehensive profile.
3. Increase accuracy of testing.
4. Allow for rapid testing of multiple sites following large-scale herbicide treatments of EWM.
5. Establish DO profiles to assist WDNR biologists in determining if Connor's lake is a candidate for a two story fishery.

Project deliverables include:
1. Proof that the meter was purchased.

Specific conditions for this Project:
1. DO profile data should be to Jeff Scheirer, Fishery Biologist in Park Falls.
2. The information collected by the Self-help monitor should be entered into the department database.


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
Lower North Fork Flambeau River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Price
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor with Baseline Survey
 
Date
Status
WRM should continue ambient monitoring at the Flambeau River stations near the Flambeau Mine.
1/1/2010
Proposed
 
Lower North Fork Flambeau River WatershedWatershed History Note