Watershed - Spirit River (UW34)
Spirit River Watershed

Details

The Spirit River Watershed is located in Lincoln, Price and Taylor counties. It is 108,174 acres in size and contains 198 miles of streams and rivers, 1,045 acres of lakes and 27,054 acres of wetlands. The watershed is dominated by forest (63%) and wetlands (25%) and is ranked low for nonpoint source issues affecting water quality.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for Spirit 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Castle Rock Ditch
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Cruson Slough
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Lake Du Bay
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Little Pine Creek
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
North Spirit Lake
Status
Complete

Spirit Lakes Improvement Association: Spirit Lakes Phosphorus Study: The Spirit Lakes are on the impaired water list for phosphorus. The Spirit Lakes Improvement Association will conduct work to determine the water and phosphorus budgets for the Spirit Lakes to ultimately determine if an alum treatment is feasible.

This project (Phase I) includes the following goals: 1)Properly quantify the water and phosphorus budgets of North and South Spirit lakes and evaluate the influence of groundwater as a contributor of phosphorus to the lakes.

Work activities include: 1) Stream gauging; 2) Collect water samples for phosphorus analysis; 3) sampling groundwater at springs for phosphorus; 4) Groundwater modeling; 5)Data evaluation; 6) Land use inventory review; 7) Lake management planning.

Phase II (future grant) will evaluate the feasibility of managing lake phosphorus levels (including alum treatment) and revise the lake management plan.

Project deliverables include: 1) A final report summarizing the work above; 2) A final lake management plan.

Specific project conditions: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) Contact Jim Kreitlow (715-365-8947) to set up a field visit to help select stream gauging sites.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
9/15/1993
Waters Involved
Spirit Lake
Status
Complete

Spirt Lakes Improvement Association: Spirit Lakes Water Quality Monitoring And Land Use Inventory: Conduct water quality monitoring of the lakes and its tributaries. Inventory land uses and sensitive areas in the watershed. Identify locations and magnitudes of nonpoint pollution and other nutrient sources. Evaluate all available water resourceinformation. Information will be disseminated to the public by poster, report mailings, and public meetings. Project results will be reposited at Olkive's Resort, Town Halls, County(s) Conservation offices.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Spirit Lake
Status
Complete

Spirit Lakes Improvement Association: Spirit Lakes Phosphorus Study: The Spirit Lakes are on the impaired water list for phosphorus. The Spirit Lakes Improvement Association will conduct work to determine the water and phosphorus budgets for the Spirit Lakes to ultimately determine if an alum treatment is feasible.

This project (Phase I) includes the following goals: 1)Properly quantify the water and phosphorus budgets of North and South Spirit lakes and evaluate the influence of groundwater as a contributor of phosphorus to the lakes.

Work activities include: 1) Stream gauging; 2) Collect water samples for phosphorus analysis; 3) sampling groundwater at springs for phosphorus; 4) Groundwater modeling; 5)Data evaluation; 6) Land use inventory review; 7) Lake management planning.

Phase II (future grant) will evaluate the feasibility of managing lake phosphorus levels (including alum treatment) and revise the lake management plan.

Project deliverables include: 1) A final report summarizing the work above; 2) A final lake management plan.

Specific project conditions: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) Contact Jim Kreitlow (715-365-8947) to set up a field visit to help select stream gauging sites.


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

Spirit Reservoir Association: Spirit Reservoir Water Quality Assessment, Phase 1: The Spirit Reservoir Association, in cooperation with the University of Wisc., Stevens Point, will sponsor a two phase project to create a report including information on water quality, physical characteristics of the Spirit Reservoir, a water and nutrient budget, data interpretation and recommendations. This project includes Phase One, which will include development of internal nutrient loading estimates and a preliminary nutrient budget.

Project deliverables include:
* data collected and analyzed form sampling in fall 2004, Winter and fall 2005;
* data collected and analyzed from sediment samples for internal loading estimates;
* a nutrient and water budget for the reservoir;
* a final report - written and electronic, disseminated to DNR, Lincoln County, Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company and libraries.

The project final results will be presented at a local meeting (Spirit Reservoir Association).


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

Spirit Reservoir Association: Spirit Reservoir Water Quality Assessment, Phase 2: The Spirit Reservoir Association, in cooperation with the University of Wisc., Stevens Point, will sponsor a two phase project to create a report including information on water quality, physical characteristics of the Spirit Reservoir, a water and nutrient budget, data interpretation and recommendations. This project includes Phase Two, which includes tributary assessment and development of a nutrien budget.

Project deliverables include:
* data collected and analyzed from water quality and major tributary flow data sampling in fall 2004, Winter to fall 2005;
* a water and nutrient budget from the tributary data to the reservoir;
* a final report - written and electronic, disseminated to DNR, Lincoln County, Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company and libraries.

The project final results will be presented at a local meeting (Spirit Reservoir Association).


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Spirit River Flowage
Status
Complete

Spirit Reservoir Association: Spirit Reservoir Water Quality Assessment, Phase Iii: The Spirit Reservoir Association will sponsor Phase III of the Water Quality Assessment Project in cooperation with UWSP (Nancy Turyk and students). Phase III includes a macrophyte survey, algal assessment and development of a final report and presentation. The macrophyte survey of Spirit Reservoir will be conducted using the WI-DNR point-intercept method to determine species present, distribution, and invasive species presence/absence. A phytoplankton assessment will be performed by taking volumetric samples and plankton tows at the mid-lake chemistry point and the "hot spot" of nuisance algae blooms and periphyton scrapes and grab samples near the boat landing and at the "hot spot." All algal samples will be collected seven times during the growing season (spring turnover, fall turnover and five evenly spaced times in between). In lab algal analysis will result in a taxonomic list of all species per site and date, as well as dominant species per sample.

The results of the macrophyte and phytoplankton surveys will be compiled with data collected during phases I and II to produce a final report describing the water quality and physical characteristics of Spirit Reservoir, a water and nutrient budget, interpretation of the data, and management recommendations. The final Spirit Reservoir Report will be disseminated to the appropriate management units, local libraries and will be presented at a citizen-oriented meeting.

Products: 1. Collect, map and analyze macrophyte survey data. 2. Sets of voucher specimens from the macrophyte survey given to the DNR/Herbarium and Spirit Reservoir Association. 3. Collect and analyze algal samples. 4. Complete final reports - Written and electronic disseminated to DNR, Lincoln County, WVIC and local libraries. 5. Present final results at local meeting hosted by Spirit Reservoir Association.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Wisconsin River
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


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
Spirit 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 Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
11/8/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
10/25/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Unnamed Creek (T34n,R3e,S32,Nwsw,51) TP
Date
Status
Category 3. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10031162. AU: 12695.
1/1/2018
Proposed
 
Spirit River WatershedWatershed History Note