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Coldwater, Impounded Flowing Water, Cool-Cold Mainstem, Cool-Warm Mainstem
Fish and Aquatic Life
North Branch Pike River, in the Pike River Watershed, is a 33.16 mile river that falls in Marinette County. This river is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 as well as a Class I Trout Water under the Fisheries Program. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10015457||N. Br Pike River - 2000 Below Pike River Drive / Coleman Lake Club||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10051401||N Brch of Pike River at Old County A RD||8/18/2018||8/18/2018||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||383281||Pike River North Branch at Lily Lake Rd Nr Amberg||5/22/2002||10/15/2002||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10015543||North Branch Pike River Site 1- 18.5 Meters Above Smeester School Road (Crowe Rd)||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10034309||North Branch Pike River-Dow Dam Rd.||11/7/1985||11/7/1985||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10028940||North Branch Pike at Ccc Camp Rd.||5/9/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10034291||North Branch Pike River-Old Cty A Rd.||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10039265||North Branch Pike River||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10034313||North Branch Pike River-Above Pike River Dr.||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10034294||North Br Pike River-FR 618 (Pike R. Dr.)||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10034310||North Branch Pike River-Twin Lake Rd.||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10034311||North Branch Pike River-Lily Lake Rd.||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10013104||North Branch Pike River Remap 0939||10/27/2005||10/27/2005||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10034292||North Branch Pike River-Hwy 8||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|616300||North Branch Pike River||10029243||N. Br. Pike River - Town Corner Lake Rd||10/27/2005||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
North Branch Pike River is located in the Pike River watershed which is 284.74 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (76%), wetland (20.70%) and a mix of grassland (1.90%) and other uses (1.40%). This watershed has 330.07 stream miles, 1,478.51 lake acres and 33,494.56 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Not Ranked for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Not Ranked. 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.
North Branch Pike River is considered a Coldwater, Impounded Flowing Water, Cool-Cold Mainstem, Cool-Warm 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.
This classification includes waterbodies created by dams (mill ponds, reservoirs, flowages, and other impoundments) with a residence time of 14 days or more
(under summer (June – Sept) mean low flow conditions with a 1 in 10 year recurrence interval (US EPA 2000)). Many natural lakes also have dams or water level control structures. However, to be included in the Impounded Flowing Waters category, the dam or water level control structure, must account for more than half of a waterbody’s maximum depth. Impoundments with a residence time of less than 14 days should be covered under the rivers and stream assessment methodology process.
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.