Watershed - Upper Little Wolf River (WR07)
Upper Little Wolf River Watershed

Details

The Upper Little Wolf River watershed is in Marathon, Portage, Shawano and Waupaca Counties and is 171 square miles. This watershed includes 61 miles of the Little Wolf River and its tributaries above the Big Falls Dam. The Winnebago Comprehensive Management Plan lists the Upper Little Wolf River watershed as a "medium" priority for watershed selection due to local significant animal waste problems and a soil erosion rate of 2.2 tons per acre per year. Data for the Wolf River Basin indicates that habitat deterioration occurs from streambank pasturing and cropland runoff. The soils, geology and other physical resources of the entire watershed indicate it is highly susceptible to groundwater contamination by poor land use practices (WDNR and WGNHS, 1987).

Date  2001

Nonpoint and Point Sources

Prime Veal is the only industrial point source discharger and Rosholt Sewer Commission is the only municipal point source discharger in the Upper Little Wolf River Watershed.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Upper Little Wolf River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Upper Little Wolf River watershed is located primarily in the Forest Transition Ecological Landscape which 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.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
9/1/2011
Waters Involved
Lake Helen
Status
Complete

Lake Helen Lake P & R District: Helen-Ewm: The Lake Helen Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to form a Rapid Response Team to coordinate the treatment and monitoring of Eurasian Watermilfoil on Lake Helen in Portage County. Other project elements to include: Clean Boats Clean Water activities.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2012
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Nebagamon Lake Association, Inc.: Education, Planning & Prevention Of Ais: The Nebagamon Lake Association is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including a Clean Boat/Clean Water inspection program at the public boat landing, lake resident education, information distribution, and monitoring for invasive aquatic plants around Lake Nebagamon.

Deliverables include: 1) Final Report summarizing accomplishments/progress of the project including a watercraft inspection and lake monitoring report detailing total time and number of people reached; 2) CB/CW survey results; daily results will be entered into the DNR CB/CW database; 3) Verification of public education and/or inspector training such as agendas and attendance lists; 4) Report on public outreach including copies of educational materials and mailings paid by this grant;5) Report on AIS lake monitoring results including observations of any detected AIS with appropriate maps.

Special project conditions: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR if a new aquatic invasive species is found.

This scope summarizes details 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 Lake/AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide Lake Coordinator with a draft final report. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Klondike Creek
Status
Complete

Portage County: Tree Lake Partners - Plan: The Portage County Land Conservation Department proposes to provide grant funding and assistance to help Tree Lake residents develop a greater sense of community and explore establishment of a lake association or district. Major project elements to include: 1) Planning meetings and events, 2) Lakes Convention participation, 2) development of Web site and other I&E materials, 3) installation of rain barrels and other shoreland restoration practices for education/demonstration purposes


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2007
Waters Involved
Lake Helen
Status
Complete

Lake Helen Lake P & R District: Lake Helen Plan: The Lake Helen PRD proposes to develop a lake plan for Lake Helen in Portage Co. Major project elements to include: 1) Plan Committee meetings, 2) Public Survey, 3) Training and presentations, 4) Plan development and distribution, 5) Final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Tree Lake
Status
Complete

Portage County: Tree Lake Partners - Plan: The Portage County Land Conservation Department proposes to provide grant funding and assistance to help Tree Lake residents develop a greater sense of community and explore establishment of a lake association or district. Major project elements to include: 1) Planning meetings and events, 2) Lakes Convention participation, 2) development of Web site and other I&E materials, 3) installation of rain barrels and other shoreland restoration practices for education/demonstration purposes


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
10/18/2000
Waters Involved
Little Wolf River
Status
Complete

Waupaca County: Lower Little Wolf Water Quality Evaluation: Waupaca County proposes to conduct a Water Quality Evaluation of the Lower Little Wolf River. Project deliverables will include water sampling, collect precip data and base flow water samples at 13 separate sites to determine if water quality problems are related to groundwater or runoff issues; analyse and interpret data collected in a final report; conduct public meetings to summarize water quality data, give a watershed status report and seek public interest in forming a river group.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2003
Waters Involved
Little Wolf River
Status
Complete

Ne Wisconsin Land Trust: Lt Wolf Headwaters Community Conservation Initiative: Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (NEWLT) will oversee the Little Wolf Headwaters Community Initiative in a continued effort to protect and restore the resources within the Upper Little Wolf and South Branch of the Little Wolf Rivers in Waupaca and Portage Counties. Project goals and objectives include identify, cultivate and respond to conservation opportunities; encourage a locus of integrated resource inventory, protection, restoration, monitoring and management activities, cultivate conservation easements and other permanent protection strategies on priority riparian lands, initiate a land registry program, connect land registry participants with resource professionals, support development of a conservation buyer program. Results will be publicized through meetings of the Community Conservation Partnership, quarterly updates in NEWLT's newsletter, and through local media. A summary report will be written and copies provided to the Planning Partners, the Department of Natural Resources River Protection Program, all other major funders and those who request copies.


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
Upper Little Wolf River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Aquatic Invasives County Coordinator - Shawano County
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Upper Little Wolf River WatershedWatershed History Note