Fish and Aquatic Life
Potter's Flowage is an impoundment of Morrison Creek. A Jackson County Park is located along a portion of the shoreline. The flowage, used for adjacent cranberry operations, also impounds the lower reaches of Hawkins and McKenna Creeks. High nutrient levels were documented in 1992 (Sorge). A fish consumption advisory exists for largemouth bass and musky in this waterbody (WDNR, 1997). Due to the fish advisory, Potter’s Flowage is on the 1998 Wisconsin impaired waters (303(d)) list provided to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A very soft water drainage impoundment having a 22 foot head and located on Morrison, Hawkins, and McKenna Creeks. It is a reservoir used in cranberry culture. The water is acid, has a medium brown color, and a low transparency. The fishery consists of muskellunge, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed, black bullhead, yellow perch, and brown bullhead. It is probably best known for its muskellunge, northern pike and crappie fishing. Smallmouth bass are insignificant. There is public access from the north on the Morrison Creek fork and from the south on the Hawkins Creek fork. An unimproved boat landing is present at the latter access. Beaver are present. Mallard, teal, wood duck and coot nest at the flowage and it receives use by migrating puddle and diving ducks, coot and Canada geese.
Source: 1968, Surface Water Resources of Jackson County Potter Flowage, T21N, R1W, Section 17 Surface Acres = 202.8, S.D.F. = 7.46, Maximum Depth = 25.0 feet.
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|
|1722000||Potter Flowage||10014898||Potters Flowage South Creek Arm 0.5 Mile Ibi||Map||Data|
|1722000||Potter Flowage||10015077||Potters Flowage Ibi||Map||Data|
|1722000||Potter Flowage||10018606||Potter Flowage -- Access||8/12/2004||6/5/2012||Map||Data|
|1722000||Potter Flowage||10002930||Potter's Flowage||8/29/2000||9/2/2016||Map||Data|
|1722000||Potter Flowage||10015078||Potters Flowage Gamefish/Panfish||Map||Data|
|1722000||Potter Flowage||273027||Potter Flowage - Deep Spot In Center Of Lake||2/19/1992||7/11/2006||Map||Data|
Potter Flowage is located in the Morrison Creek watershed which is 178.14 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (79%), wetland (15.80%) and a mix of open (2.30%) and other uses (2.90%). This watershed has 236.05 stream miles, 1,525.11 lake acres and 27,521.66 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.