Fish and Aquatic Life
Kinsford Flowage is a medium hard water drainage lake (flowage) on the Menominee River having neutral, light brown water of moderate transparency. Littoral materials consist of sand (85 percent), rubble (8 percent), gravel (5 percent) and boulders. Known fish species inhabiting the lake are northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, bluegill, rock bass, pumpkinseed, white sucker and forage species. Waterfowl make limited use of this impoundment. Public access is restricted to that of navigable water via the Menominee River. The Wisconsin-Michigan Power Company provides access to the public on the Michigan side. There are two dwellings located on the upper portion of the flowage. The flowage is maintained by a dam having a head of 29 feet and owned by the Wisconsin-Michigan Power Company.
33 Surface Acres-415.2, Secchi Disc-6 feet, Maximum Depth-33 feet
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|650200||Kingsford Flowage Wi-Mi (491)||10002391||Kingsford Flowage||Map||Data|
|650200||Kingsford Flowage Wi-Mi (491)||10022229||Kingsford Flowage||9/26/2004||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Kingsford Flowage Wi-Mi (491) is located in the Pemebonwon and Middle Menominee Rivers watershed which is 290.80 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.30%), wetland (25.90%) and a mix of grassland (6.20%) and other uses (3.70%). This watershed has 341.53 stream miles, 1,078.33 lake acres and 37,891.92 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Unknown for runoff impacts on streams, Unknown for runoff impacts on lakes and Unknown for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Unknown. 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.