Fish and Aquatic Life
Allen Creek, in the Brule River Watershed, is a 9.89 mile river that falls in Forest County. This river is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 as well as a Class II Trout Water under the Fisheries Program. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Allen creek is classifled as a Class II trout stream. Extensive beaver damage exist the
entire length of this creek.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
This water was assessed in 2018 for fish IBI values. Studies from 2010 indicated that the water is a cold-cool headwater and using the intermittent IBI tool, excellent and good values were found.
Author Lisa Helmuth
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|
|710100||Allen Creek||10039794||ALLEN CREEK - PE 1D - 1300 FEET DOWNSTREAM FROM ROCK CASCADE IN T41N R14E S27 NW SE||Map||Data|
|710100||Allen Creek||10033954||Allen Cr-1A||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|710100||Allen Creek||10049579||ALLEN CREEK FC 5A||Map||Data|
|710100||Allen Creek||10033953||Allen Cr - 1CFC||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|710100||Allen Creek||10049578||ALLEN CREEK FC 1D||Map||Data|
|710100||Allen Creek||10039793||ALLEN CREEK - WHOLE COVER LOG PROJECT (T41N R14E S27 NE NE)||Map||Data|
|710100||Allen Creek||213147||Allen Creek - Upstrm Of State Hwy 70||10/19/1994||1/1/2006||Map||Data|
Two Fish IBIs were calculated from data collected in 2010 and confirmed excellent to good condition based on fish community assemblage. This is a class II trout water (1980 listed). Habitat project conducted in 1990s showed excellent fish community restoration results.
Author Lisa Helmuth
Allen Creek is located in the Brule River watershed which is 194.73 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (76.50%), wetland (17.70%) and a mix of grassland (2.90%) and other uses (2.80%). This watershed has 192.50 stream miles, 2,169.69 lake acres and 13,322.90 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.