Fish and Aquatic Life
Lee Creek is a major tributary to Harker Creek and contributes 20 percent of Harker CreekÃ½s
total flow. Lee Creek is listed as a Class I trout stream and an exceptional resource water
Fish that are indicators of cold water and other species intolerant to water pollution were
found and were dominant at all sites. The presence of these species shows a marked
improvement from fishery survey results from the 1970Ã½s. The 2000 survey results suggest
that the land use is shifting from intensive agriculture to a more natural landscape. Overall,
stream reaches are well buffered with wetlands and support abundant wildlife. There is good
aquatic vegetation and a good supply of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Dissolved oxygen levels
and temperature readings were good and temperatures did not exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The stream does have limited winter and spring habitat for trout. Overall, data collected in
2000 indicates that Lee Creek supports a naturally reproducing population of brook and
Citizen stream monitors have been actively monitoring Lee Creek since July 2000. The
volunteers monitor the creekÃ½s turbidity, temperature and dissolved oxygen. To see the data
that these monitors have collected, please visit their website at
From: Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin. PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Lee Creek -Mouth location T6N R2E Section 10 -3, Surface area = 0.7 acres, Length = 3.9 miles, Gradient = 56.4 feet per mile, Total alkalinity = 220.0 mg/l, Volume of flow = 0.2 cfs.
Lee Creek is a small tributary stream of the Harker-Lee Creek. About 46 percent of its drainage basin is wooded which accounts for light bank erosion. Nevertheless, water levels fluctuate and suitable levels for trout are dependent upon recent precipitation. It contributes about 20 percent of the base flow of Harker-Lee Creek and is generally considered as being spring fed. Its sport fishery is limited to brown trout which are stocked sparingly on an annual basis. There are also the usual forage fish species present. Game assets include some muskrats near its mouth. There are no public lands on the stream but it can be reached from a town road crossing.
From: Piening, Ronald and Threinen, C.W., 1968. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Iowa County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Lee Creek (WBIC 1238500) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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|
|1238500||Lee Creek||10008034||Lee Creek Station 2||11/8/2000||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1238500||Lee Creek||10008035||Lee Creek Station 3||11/8/2000||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1238500||Lee Creek||10045012||Lee Creek US Berg Rd||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1238500||Lee Creek||10008033||Lee Creek US confluence Harker Creek||7/1/2000||9/18/2021||Map||Data|
|1238500||Lee Creek||10008036||Lee Creek Station 4||11/8/2000||11/8/2000||Map||Data|
Lee Creek is located in the Otter and Morrey Creeks watershed which is 198.69 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (53.60%), grassland (24.60%) and a mix of agricultural (14.10%) and other uses (7.70%). This watershed has 437.57 stream miles, 351.55 lake acres and 5,785.74 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.