Fish and Aquatic Life
Erickson Creek, in the Tyler Forks Watershed, is a 5.11 mile river that falls in Iron County. This river is a Class II Trout Water under the Fisheries Program. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Bush, D.M., R. Cornelius, D. Engle, and C.L. Brynildson. 1980. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Green County, 2nd Edition. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wisconsin.
Flowing westward through the driftless area, this moderate sized trout stream enters lafayette County and joins Sawmill Creek. It flows primarily through pastured land and suffers moderate to heavy bank erosion. the high gradient sections of the stream, the bottom consists of gravel and rubble, while silt covers the bottom in the flatter areas. The water normally runs clear and lacks macrophytic vegetation. Cold water is supplied to the stream from one unnamed tributary and several spring feeders.Erickson Creek provides a fishery for brown and rainbow trout, but forage fish are also abundant. It is considered to be the second best trout stream in the county and shows evidence of natural brown trout reproductio Above V & W road in Section 32 the stream is Class II trout water, while the rest of the stream is Class III. Wildlife values consist of muskrats, a few nesting mallards and occasional stops by migratory waterfowl.
Public access is available at five public road crossings.
Fish Species: American brook lamprey, rainbow trout, brown trout, hornyhead chub, common shiner, redbelly
dace unspecified, bluntnose minnow, creek chub, white sucker, brook stickleback, fantail darter, Johnny darter.
Surface Acres = 11.1, Length = 7.7 Miles, Gradient = 39 ft./mi., Base Discharge = 8.1 cu.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Flows west and southwest into Lafayette County; joins Sawmill Creek just across the county line. Managed for brown trout, and forage fish. The common white sucker is found throughout the stream. Green sunfish are found in the lower stretch. Good gravel, sand, and rubble bottoms are available. "Ban rats" are common. Natural reproduction of trout, if occurring, is negligible. Surface Acres= 11.2, Miles= 7.7, Gradient= 23.4' per mile
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Erickson Creek (WBIC 2924800) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (macroinvertebrate and 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|
|2924800||Erickson Creek||10012946||Erickson Creek at Old Lake Rd||Map||Data|
|2924800||Erickson Creek||10034563||Erickson Creek - Posvic property||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2924800||Erickson Creek||10034370||Erickson Creek at Casey Sag Rd||5/27/2011||10/20/2015||Map||Data|
Erickson Creek is located in the Tyler Forks watershed which is 78.76 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (73.20%), wetland (24.30%) and a mix of grassland (1.50%) and other uses (1.00%). This watershed has 143.50 stream miles, 190.30 lake acres and 12,279.72 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.