Fish and Aquatic Life
Wedges Creek flows through primarily agricultural lands for half its length, then through the Clark County Forest and Recreation lands. The stream has a higher gradient than most Clark County streams and contains a sand and gravel bottom. A dam on the creek at HWY 10 forms Snyder Lake. Above the lake, the creek contains forage fish. Wedges Creek below the lake contains sport fish (Talley).
From: Koperksi, Cindy. 1999. Black River Water Quality Management Plan (draft). Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Wedges Creek T23N, R2W, S7, Surface Acres = 63, Miles = 20.0, Gradient = 6 feet per mile.
Wedges Creek is a soft water, light brown colored stream that flows southward into the Black River. The one dam on the stream forms Snyder Lake. That portion of stream above the dam is classified as trout water. A few trout are reportedly caught, but none are stocked. Other species present in this portion of stream include panfish and forage fishes. From the dam downstream, the creek is classified as smallmouth bass water. Panfish and forage species are also present.
About 65 percent of the watershed area is wild or wooded land. During the aerial groundwater survey conducted in the winter of 1963, a small area of open water was found in Section 10 of Seif Township. Waterfowl and furbearers, including beaver, are present. There are 24.6 miles of public frontage (county forest cropland). Access is available from five road crossings.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and C.W. Threinen, 1965. Surface Water Resources of Clark County:
Lake and Stream Classification Project. Wisconsin Conservation Department, Madison, WI.
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
|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|
|1743300||Wedges Creek||10054781||CTH B Trail||Map||Data|
|1743300||Wedges Creek||10011779||Wedges Creek - Wedges Creek Chili Rd. Station 2||4/27/2007||10/7/2020||Map||Data|
|1743300||Wedges Creek||10011780||Wedges Creek - Wedges Creek Heintown Rd. Station 3||Map||Data|
|1743300||Wedges Creek||10021690||Wedges Creek At Middle Rd||10/5/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Wedges Creek is located in the Fivemile and Wedges Creeks watershed which is 143.17 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (71.70%), wetland (10.70%) and a mix of agricultural (10.70%) and other uses (6.80%). This watershed has 243.78 stream miles, 266.09 lake acres and 10,418.50 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.