Fish and Aquatic Life
Bailey Creek, located in west central Monroe County, flows in a southerly direction for approximately 2.5 miles before reaching the La Crosse River near Angelo Pond. Bailey Creek does not flow through Fort McCoy. It has a slight gradient of 10 feet per mile and drains agricultural land with some wooded hillsides. Bailey Creek is a Class II trout stream downstream of Finch Avenue for 1.6 miles and Class III upstream of Finch Avenue for 0.9 miles.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1976, documented cool, clear water with a stream bottom comprised mainly of sand, with some areas of gravel and rubble. Riparian land consisted of pasture and hardwoods. In-stream cover for adult fish was scarce. Brook trout and a variety of forage fish species were collected during the survey. A fish and habitat survey should be conducted to update available information for Bailey Creek. DNR has not stocked Bailey Creek since 1976. Access is available from three road crossings and the La Crosse River Fishery Area.
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|
|1662200||Bailey Creek||10013880||Bailey Creek Station 4-1976-Sw 1/4 Nw 1/4 Sec. 21-Starts At Quarter Line Where Stream Forks.||Map||Data|
|1662200||Bailey Creek||10013879||Bailey Creek Station 3-1976-Nw 1/4 Nw 1/4 Sec. 28-Starts At Finch Avenue Bridge Crossing.||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Bailey Creek is located in the Upper La Crosse River watershed which is 126.12 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (62.40%), grassland (11.90%) and a mix of agricultural (9.80%) and other uses (16.10%). This watershed has 167.76 stream miles, 207.50 lake acres and 4,875.27 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.