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Coldwater, Cool-Cold Headwater
Fish and Aquatic Life
McKinley Coulee Creek, also known as Creek 23-12, is located in central La Crosse County. This stream flows for approximately three miles in a southwesterly direction before reaching Neshonoc Creek. It has a moderate gradient of 43 feet per mile and drains agricultural valley land and steep forested hills. McKinley Coulee Creek is a Class III trout stream from its mouth upstream 0.5 miles then Class II an additional 2.3 miles upstream.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1993, documented a small, spring-fed stream which supports brook trout with some natural reproduction. In-stream cover consisted of log tangles, undercut banks and scattered beds of watercress. Streambank pasturing is threatening the fishery of this stream. WDNR has stocked this stream with brook trout since 1960. Access to McKinley Coulee Creek is from four road crossings.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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.
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1653100||Unnamed||10014090||Creek 23-12(Mckinley Creek)Station 2-1978-Ne 1/4 Sw 1/4 S13-Starts At Mckinley Valley Rd. Bridge||Map||Data|
|1653100||Unnamed||10014092||Creek 23-12(Mckinley Creek)Station 3-1978-Nw 1/4 Ne 1/4 S13||Map||Data|
|1653100||Unnamed||10033578||McKinley Coulee Creek (Creek 23-12) at 1st McKinley Rd bridge||Map||Data|
|1653100||Unnamed||10014095||Creek 23-12(Mckinley Cr)Station 2-1993-Sw1/4 Sw1/4 S13-Starts 1000' Downstream Of Mckinley Valley Rd||Map||Data|
|1653100||Unnamed||10015512||Creek 23-12 (Mckinley Valley) Station 1 - 100m Downstream Of Mckinley Valley Rd.||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Lower La Crosse River watershed which is 145.46 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (42.30%), agricultural (14.80%) and a mix of urban (10.30%) and other uses (32.50%). This watershed has 295.20 stream miles, 1,187.12 lake acres and 5,641.64 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.
McKinley Creek is considered a Coldwater, Cool-Cold Headwater 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) Headwaters are small, usually perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon (<10 per 100 m), transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.