Fish and Aquatic Life
Hay Creek, in the South Fork Eau Claire River Watershed, is a 14.63 mile river that falls in Clark County. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Hay Creek T26N, R4W, S16, Surface Acres = 32.7, Miles = 12.0, Gradient = 8.3 feet per mile.
A medium brown colored, soft water stream that flows northward into the south
fork of the Eau Claire River. Hay Creek Lake, better known as Rock Dam Flowage,
is located on the stream. Of the total watershed area, about 96 percent of the land is
wooded or wild. That portion of stream above County Highway "I" is ditched. The
creek drains a large marsh area and several lateral ditches join the stream above "I".
Though that part of the stream above a natural dam located below Hay Creek Lake is
considered trout water and is stocked regularly, trout natural reproduction is
apparently lacking. Other fish species inhabiting the stream include largemouth bass,
bulllhead, and forage species. Muskellunge have occasionaLly been reported in the
stream below the natural dam. Beaver and other furbearers are present. All but
0.6 miles of stream passes through county forest cropland. Access is possible from
two road crossings and by boat from the flowage.
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 Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|2138700||Hay Creek||10021692||Hay Creek At Atv Bridge Above Rock Dam Lake||10/5/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2138700||Hay Creek||10010464||Hay Creek - Hay Creek Station 1 Atv Bridge Cth I||Map||Data|
Hay Creek is located in the South Fork Eau Claire River watershed which is 229.49 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56%), agricultural (22.80%) and a mix of wetland (12%) and other uses (9.20%). This watershed has 421.59 stream miles, 307.67 lake acres and 23,719.61 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, High for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.