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Lisa Helmuth
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Sheboygan River basin


About the basin

The rivers, lakes, groundwater and lands in the Sheboygan River basin sustain a wide range of plant and animal life as well as offer wide range of quality. From the natural and agricultural rural areas to the urban and urbanizing areas, one thing remains constant.

Our land and water resources are forever linked. Our activities on the land have an effect not just at the point of origin, but ripple throughout the basin. The quality of our rivers, lakes and groundwater also has influence over what we do on the land.

Today we are challenged with finding ways to balance our use of land and water with our desire to protect, restore and enhance the natural resources in the Sheboygan River basin. Building and maintaining strong partnerships with shared visions and goals are essential to striking this balance. This Sheboygan River State of the basin Report provides a general blueprint for managing our resources within a context of shared responsibility.

Basin education partners for the Sheboygan River [exit DNR]

To find out more about the basin, contact the Water basin Team Leader, Vic Pappas.

Partnership priorities for the Sheboygan River basin include:

  • Educate members and the public about the ecology of the Sheboygan River basin and threats to its health.
  • Promote sustainable use and recreation in the Sheboygan River basin and its watersheds.
  • Increase public awareness and membership.
  • Promote sound decision-making when issues affect the health of the basin's rivers and watersheds.
  • Support the protection and improvement of the Sheboygan River basin and its watersheds for the benefit of the general public.
  • Develop a working relationship with local officials and collaborate with conservation organizations.
  • Promote improved health of the rivers and watersheds through conservation projects and education.
  • Purchase or promote the purchase of land or easements for conservation purposes.
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Watersheds, waters

Water resource information for specific watersheds

Watershed name/view details Watershed size Lists (Streams, lakes, bays & harbors) Counties Water management unit (WMU) Major drainage system
Black River 35.51 mi 2 SH02 Water lists Sheboygan Sheboygan Lake Michigan
Mullet River 88.19 mi 2 SH05 Water lists Fond du Lac, Sheboygan Sheboygan Lake Michigan
Onion River 98 mi 2 SH04 Water lists Ozaukee, Sheboygan Sheboygan Lake Michigan
Pigeon River 78.87 mi 2 SH06 Water lists Manitowoc, Sheboygan Sheboygan Lake Michigan
Sauk and Sucker Creeks 58.43 mi 2 SH01 Water lists Ozaukee, Sheboygan Sheboygan Lake Michigan
Sheboygan River 260.12 mi 2 SH03 Water lists Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Calumet Sheboygan Lake Michigan


Ongoing activities

There are several things currently in the works, including:

  • Remediation of the Upper River segment
  • Sheboygan River superfund clean-up project
  • The Willow Creek watershed project
  • The Upper Onion River trout restoration project
  • Otter Creek - Impaired water priority/barnyard relocation project


Watershed plans

The Mullet watershed plan has been updated in this basin. This document is an update to the Sheboygan River basin plan (see below). Contact Vic Pappas, watershed Supervisor for information.

Sheboygan basin plan (1999)

More information

Contact Victor Pappas, watershed Supervisor, for more information.

For more on the Sheboygan basin Southeast DNR Staff.

See also

Last revised: Wednesday March 16 2016