Watershed - Lower Wolf River (WR04)
Lower Wolf River Watershed

Details

The Lower Wolf River watershed is 120 square miles and covers parts of Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago Counties. This includes a portion of the mainstem Wolf River from the junction with the Embarrass River to the mouth of the Waupaca River, including the lower portion to the Weyauwega millpond. The mainstem Wolf River flows within the watershed for about 19 miles and contains a diverse warm water sport fishery. Wetlands adjacent to the river provide excellent spawning grounds for these fish. Those portions of the watershed within Winnebago and Outagamie counties are in the Lower Fox River Designated Planning Area.

Date  2001

Nonpoint and Point Sources

There is one industrial point source discharger and one municipal point source discharger in the Lower Wolf River Watershed: Hillshire Farm Co. Div. Sara Lee Corp., and the City of New London.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Lower Wolf River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Lower Wolf River Watershed is located primarily in the Southeast Glacial Plains Ecological Landscape which makes up the bulk of the non-coastal land area in southeast Wisconsin. This Ecological Landscape is made up of glacial till plains and moraines. Most of this Ecological Landscape is composed of glacial materials deposited during the Wisconsin Ice Age, but the southwest portion consists of older, pre-Wisconsin till with a more dissected topography. Soils are lime-rich tills overlain in most areas by a silt-loam loess cap. Agricultural and residential interests throughout the landscape have significantly altered the historical vegetation. Most of the rare natural communities that remain are associated with large moraines or in areas where the Niagara Escarpment occurs close to the surface. Historically, vegetation in the Southeast Glacial Plains consisted of a mix of prairie, oak forests and savanna, and maple-basswood forests. Wet-mesic prairies, southern sedge meadows, emergent marshes, and calcareous fens were found in lower portions of the Landscape. End moraines and drumlins supported savannas and forests. Agricultural and urban land use practices have drastically changed the land cover of the Southeast Glacial Plains since Euro-American settlement. The current vegetation is primarily agricultural cropland. Remaining forests occupy only about 10% of the land area and consist of maple-basswood, lowland hardwoods, and oak. No large mesic forests exist today except on the Kettle Interlobate Moraine which has topography too rugged for agriculture. Some existing forest patches that were formerly savannas have succeeded to hardwood forest due to fire suppression.

Date  2010

Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/1998
Waters Involved
Wolf River - Unnamed Horseshoe
Status
Complete

Wolf River Preservation Association: Lmi-Wolf River Erosion Control Project: The Wolf River Preservation Association proposes to conduct a project to restore two stream bank erosion areas extending a combined 1,000 linear feet along the main channel of the Wolf River. The project will reduce sediment loading, improve riparian habitat and provide potential fish spawning habitat.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
7/20/1995
Waters Involved
Partridge Crop Lake
Status
Complete

Wolf River Preservation Association: Wolf River, Partridge Crop, Partridge Lake Mgmt Planning: Initiate development of a comprehensive management plan. Assess water quality status. Establish trend monitoring strategy. Identify sheet erosional areas.Characterize aquatic plant growth. Identify exotic species. Identify potential water use conflicts and safety concerns. Disseminate information to the public by newsletter mailings, video programs, public meetings, local newspaper articles anda comprehensive management plan.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1998
Waters Involved
Partridge Lake
Status
Complete

Wolf River Preservation Association: Wolf River Water Clarity Study Phase 3: The Wolf River Preservation Association proposes to examine differences in percent contribution of algae, detritus, and sediment to total suspended solids concentration by mass during different months; and study the relationship between diurnal fluctuations in tirbidity and motorboat use levels and differences in motorboat impacts on turbidity by time of year. This project is the 3rd phase of studies which includes 3 lakes and the main stem of the Wolf River. Data from this study will be used to develop future recommendations for improving water clarity in Partridge Lake, Partridge Crop Lake, Cincoe Lake and the Wolf River. If a relationship is found between motorboat use and turbidity levels, management prescrpitions aimed at reducing the impact will be developed. The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The results of the study will be disseminated locally and to local and state government via community meetings and a written report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1996
Waters Involved
Wolf River
Status
Complete

Wolf River Preservation Association: Wolf River Watershed Management Planning - Phase 2: The Wolf River Preservation Association proposes to continue watershed management planning activities. Phase 2 project activities include continuing water quality monitoring, conducting a recreational use survey, continuing to assess erosional areas, continuing to identify exotic species, and preparation of a report summarizing the data collected and analyses performed. The sponsor will provide the Department of Natural Resources with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the report. Information about the results of phase 2 activities will be disseminated to the public by newsletter, fact sheet, public meeting, and local newspaper article.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2002
Waters Involved
Little Wolf River
Status
Complete

Ne Wisconsin Land Trust: Little Wolf Headwaters Protection & Restoration Project: Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (NEWLT) proposes to build a partnership to protect and restore critical resources of the Little Wolf River Headwaters Ecosystem of Waupaca and eastern Portage Counties in collaboration with other organizations, individuals, government units and agencies. They will employ the land protection tools developed by NEWLT to secure permanent protections of, and improvements to, water quality in the Little Wolf River. They will develop a community-based approach to river protection through critical land protection. Specifically, NEWLT will: 1.) Develop partnerships and capacity through a collaborative, community-based approach to resource conservation, 2.) Develop a plan for protection of critical land in the project area, 3.) Develop, produce and use outreach materials and methods to support the goals of the project, and 4.) Raise funds for implementation of land protection plan.

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper and electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2006
Waters Involved
Wolf River
Status
Complete

Waupaca Co. Natural Resources Foundation: Wolf River Conservation Alliance Organization Development: The Waupaca County Natural Resources Foundation proposes to organize the Wolf River Conservation Alliance. The Alliance will be a coalition of non-governmental organizations with interests in land conservation, habitat restoration, and environmental education related to protecting and improving the health of the Wolf River and protecting and restoring land in the areas known as the Wolf River Bottomlands. Specifically, the organization will conduct a formal organizational assessment, assist in local strategy development by supporting the development of a citizen-led site conservation planning process, and finally, develop a sustainable leadership structure in order to establish a method of operation for the Alliance. The project elements and deliverables will be completed as described in the project proposal submitted to the Department and dated May 1, 2006.


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.

Lower Wolf River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Outagamie
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Winnebago
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Lower Wolf River WatershedWatershed History Note