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Coldwater, Cool-Cold Headwater
Fish and Aquatic Life
Maple Dale Creek, also known as Pine Hollow Creek and Creek 2-3, is located in central Vernon County. This stream flows in a southerly direction for 2.0 miles before joining with Cook Creek to form Bishop Branch. Maple Dale Creek has a steep gradient of 80 feet permile and drains forested hillsides, WDNR owned land in its natural state, and an extensive agricultural headwater plateau. An earthen dry dam is located on the WDNR owned land.
Water impounds behind this structure only during times of extreme runoff. Maple Dale Creek is a Class III trout stream for its entire length. The most recent survey, conducted in 1971, documented a diverse forage fishery. Stocking of wild brook trout was recommended at the time. A fish and habitat survey of Maple Dale Creek should be conducted to determine existing conditions. WDNR records indicate that wild brook trout were stocked in 2001. Access to Maple Dale Creek is from two road crossings and WDNR owned land.
Author Cynthia Koperski
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|
|1188800||Maple Dale Creek||10033430||Maple Dale Creek spring flowing into small pond||Map||Data|
|1188800||Maple Dale Creek||10053341||Maple Dale Creek US Maple Dale Road||Map||Data|
|1188800||Maple Dale Creek||10013832||Maple Dale Cr. (Cr. 2-3) - Driveway Crossing Off Of Maple Dale Rd. In S34||Map||Data|
|1188800||Maple Dale Creek||10011002||Maple Dale Creek - Maple Dale Creek Li-15||4/23/2004||10/19/2004||Map||Data|
|1188800||Maple Dale Creek||10011087||Maple Dale Creek - Maple Dale Creek (Creek 2-3) Station #1 Along State Property Downstream Of Maple Dale Rd.||Map||Data|
|5029947||Unnamed||633151||Maple Dale Unnamed Trib To - ||6/29/2003||10/19/2004||Map||Data|
Maple Dale Creek is located in the West Fork Kickapoo River watershed which is 118.04 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (41.10%), grassland (29%) and a mix of agricultural (25.50%) and other uses (4.40%). This watershed has 283.75 stream miles, 49.18 lake acres and 672.36 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.
Maple Dale Creek (Creek 2-3) 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.