11.31 - 20.38
Coldwater, Cool-Cold Mainstem
Fish and Aquatic Life
The Evergreen River extends for 20.1 miles through Langlade and Menominee counties. The river is a Class I and II trout stream. In Langlade County, the watershed is about 60 percent wooded or wild; and in Menominee, nearly 100 percent is wooded or wild. As with most streams in this watershed, the Evergreen River is affected by intense beaver activity. The Evergreen River State Fishery Area is located here with 80-90 percent of the shoreline in state ownership.
From: Bougie, Cheryl A., Kosmond, Lisa D, and Watermolen, Dreux J. 1996. Wolf River Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cheryl Bougie
The Evergreen River was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new temperature sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10020329||Evergreen Creek -- Access||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10048987||Evergreen Creek - East of Fraley Rd.||7/14/2005||10/8/2006||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10020276||Evergreen Creek -- Access at Evergreen River Fishery Area at The End Of Allen Rd||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10052218||EVERGREEN RIVER STH 64 UPSTREAM TO TOWLINE SPR OUTLET||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10022736||Evergreen River - Stamper Rd. Upstream Upper Control Above Devices||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10029114||Evergreen River - 338m downstream CTH-P||10/16/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10044367||Evergreen River: CTH M Fields - Upper Parking 713m DS to Railroad Crossing||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||403006||Evergreen River - Highway P||7/14/2005||7/14/2005||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10020353||Evergreen Creek -- Carry-In Access||5/15/1980||7/21/2015||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10030883||Evergreen River CTH M FIELDS-UPPER PARKING TO RR CROSSING||1/1/2015||10/10/2020||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10052229||EVERGREEN RIVER ALLEN RD OLD RAILROAD CROSSING UPSTREAM ||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10022741||Evergreen River - Stamper Rd. Upstream Both Controls Combined||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10047657||Evergreen River 1.70 Miles below HWY P to Railroad Grade||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10047658||Evergreen River reservation line US 1450 feet||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10047659||Evergreen River N45.11941 W088.78946 US to N45.12082 W088.79227||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10047660||Evergreen River Hwy P Upstream to UKNOWN||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10009265||Evergreen River: 25 Meters Upstream Of Walk-In Trail||9/28/2001||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10022735||Evergreen River - Stamper Rd. Upstream Devices||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10039238||Evergreen Creek at Hwy 64||7/14/2005||10/8/2006||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10020328||Evergreen Creek -- Carry-In||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10020396||Evergreen Creek -- Launch||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10053696||2011 HABITAT WORK||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10022734||Evergreen River - Stamper Rd. Upstream Lower Control Below Devices||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10022875||Evergreen River-Below Cth P||Map||Data|
|357400||Evergreen River||10031668||Evergreen R. 64 m upstream from Town Line Rd||10/19/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Evergreen River is located in the Wolf River - Langlade and Evergreen Rive watershed which is 179.74 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (82.90%), wetland (9%) and a mix of agricultural (4.90%) and other uses (3.20%). This watershed has 133.10 stream miles, 844.67 lake acres and 10,157.55 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.
Evergreen River is considered a Coldwater, Cool-Cold Mainstem under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Cool (Cold-Transition) Mainstem streams are moderate-to-large but still wadeable perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon, transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are common to absent,
mainstem species are abundant to common, and river species are common to absent.