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Root Pike watershed Pike River downstream of Hwy 11.

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DNR Lakes staff

Root Pike watershed basin

The rivers, lakes, groundwater and lands in the Root-Pike River basin sustain a wide range of plant and animal life. 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 Root-Pike River basin. Building and maintaining strong partnerships with shared vision and goals are essential to striking this balance.

Basin location


Basin resources

The Pike River watershed is located in portions of Racine and Kenosha counties and consists of three sub-basins; the Upper Pike, Pikes Creek and the Pike River. The Upper Pike River originates near county Highway C in the Village of Mount Pleasant. Pike Creek is a drainage way that originates near Highway 50 in Kenosha County. From there, it flows north along side the Union Pacific Railroad, picking up contributions from agriculture drainage tiles, Airport branch, Somers branch and other unnamed tributaries.

The Upper Pike and Pike Creek meet at Petrifying Springs Park, forming the Pike River. From Petrifying Springs, the Pike River flows east, then south through the City of Kenosha before emptying into Lake Michigan.

The major tributary to the Pike River is Sorenson Creek. The one named lake found in this watershed is Petrified Springs Park Pond, which covers approximately three acres.

See the Surface Water Data Viewer to view trout stream locations.

Impaired waters

Name/detail Local name/map Start mile End mile WBIC Water type County Pollutant Impairment 303 status Priority
Lake Michigan Alford Park beach 20 Great Lakes beach Kenosha E. coli Recreational restrictions - pathogens 303d listed Low    
North branch Pike River North branch of Pike River 0 5.23 1900 River Kenosha, Racine Sediment/total suspended solids Degraded habitat 303d listed Low
North branch Pike River North branch of Pike River 0 5.23 1900 River Kenosha, Racine Unknown pollutant Chronic aquatic toxicity 303d listed Low
Lake Michigan Pennoyer Park Beach (L. Michigan) 20 Great Lakes Beach Kenosha E. coli Recreational restrictions - pathogens 303d listed Low    
Unnamed Waxdale Creek 0 2.91 2300 River Racine Sediment/total suspended solids Degraded habitat 303d listed Low
Unnamed Waxdale Creek 0 2.91 2300 River Racine Unknown pollutant Chronic aquatic toxicity Pollutant removed  

Watershed details

Watershed name/view details Watershed code/map Watershed size Lists (Streams, lakes, bays & harbors) Counties Water management unit (WMU) Major drainage system
Oak Creek SE05 26.19 mi 2 SE05 Water lists Milwaukee Southeast Lake Michigan
Pike River SE02 56.51 mi 2 SE02 Water lists Kenosha, Racine Southeast Lake Michigan
Pike River - Kenosha SE01 26.84 mi 2 SE01 Water lists Kenosha Southeast Lake Michigan
Root River SE03 198.97 mi 2 SE03 Water lists Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha Southeast Lake Michigan
Wind Point SE04 18.67 mi 2 SE04 Water lists Milwaukee, Racine Southeast Lake Michigan

Watershed plans

The Pike River watershed was assessed and a plan was updated. The document below is an update to the Root-Pike watershed.

State of the basin (basin plan (2002)

Watershed maps

Additional details

Root Pike information

More information

For more on the Root Pike basin, email DNR Lakes staff.

See also

Last revised: Monday July 29 2019