Fish and Aquatic Life
Montello River is the name given the water course between the Harris Pond and the Fox River below Buffalo Lake at Montello. The stream is light brown flowing over sand, gravel and clay. Dams at Harrisville and Montello collectively utilize a head of 30 feet for hydroelectric power. Largemouth bass, panfish, walleye, and northern pike constitute the fishery. Nearly one-half the river flows through timbered swamp. Immediately above Montello Lake several old oxbow ponds remain in the meandering river channel. Only one road crossing provides access to the river. It may be reached by boat from Montello Lake, however.
Montello River, TlSN, RIDE, Section 17, Surface Acres = 60.1, Miles = 13.4, Gradient = 2.4 feet per mile.
From: Poff, Ronald J. and Threinen, C.W., 1963. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Marquette County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 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.
The Montello Lake Protection and Rehab District proposes to conduct a Diagnostic Feasibility Study on their lake. This project will result in the development of a lake management plan while integrating all partners including the area community.
Educate and engage residents
MONTELLO SCHOOL DISTRICT: Montello School Adopt A Lake NALMS Presentation
Water Quality Planning
Montello River (UF13) Watershed Planning work in 2010-11
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|
|164100||Montello River||10047247||Montello River US HWY 22 Bridge||Map||Data|
|164300||Lake Montello||10044938||Lake Montello - South [Herbicide Monitoring Site C]||5/24/2016||6/20/2016||Map||Data|
|164100||Montello River||393007||Montello River - Sth 23 Brg Montello||9/16/2015||9/16/2015||Map||Data|
|164100||Montello River||10044938||Lake Montello - South [Herbicide Monitoring Site C]||5/24/2016||6/20/2016||Map||Data|
Montello River is located in the Buffalo and Puckaway Lakes watershed which is 225.11 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (28.70%), wetland (27.90%) and a mix of forest (24.60%) and other uses (18.80%). This watershed has 305.16 stream miles, 5,877.75 lake acres and 35,513.76 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.