Dunn, St. Croix
Fish and Aquatic Life
Bolen Creek is a nine-mile-long Class 11 trout stream that is tributary to the South Fork Hay River.
The stream had high brook trout densities and good natural reproduction. Bolen Creek is affected
by streambank pasturing, streambank erosion, beaver dams, and sedimentation (Schreiber)
Author Aquatic Biologist
Bolen Creek -T31N, R15W, Sec. 24 to T31N, R15W, Sec. 24, Surface Acres = 0.4 Miles = 0.8, Gradient = 31 feet per mile.
Flows east into Dunn County and the Hay River drainage system. Brook trout are common along its entire length. Its watershed is pasture land, although tag alders are present on the immediate stream bank. It has no public frontage other than the access which may be had from the road bridge.
From: Sather, LaVerne M. and Threinen, C.W., 1961. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of St. Croix County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Bolen Creek (WBIC 2074200) from 205th Ave downstream to mouth 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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10011792||Bolen Creek - 3-Bolen Creek. 30' D.S. Of Fence||Map||Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10011795||Bolen Creek - 5-Bolen Creek||Map||Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10044091||Bolen Creek - DS to US above HWY 64 bridge||Map||Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10011796||Bolen Creek - 6-Bolen Creek. 900 D.S. Of 205th Ave.||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10011794||Bolen Creek - 4-Bolen Creek. 50' U.S. Of 30th St.||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10044088||Bolen Creek - confluence of main and north forks||Map||Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10010726||Bolen Creek 1 100th St.||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2074200||Bolen Creek||10011791||Bolen Creek - 2-Bolen Creek. 50' U.S. Of Cth Q||5/2/1994||9/29/2015||Map||Data|
Bolen Creek is located in the South Fork Hay River watershed which is 181.99 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (33.70%), forest (30.60%) and a mix of grassland (29.10%) and other uses (6.60%). This watershed has 399.14 stream miles, 412.20 lake acres and 6,405.93 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.