Fish and Aquatic Life
Steve Creek Flowage, Lower, in the Middle Jump River Watershed, is a 11.99 acre lake that falls in Price County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1983, Surface Water Resources of Price County Lower Steve Creek Flowage, T34N, R2W, Section 28
This is a soft water, drainage impoundment on Steve Creek. The dam has a 12-ft head with an estimated outlet flow of 0.4 ft(3)sec. The flowage is long, narrow and has an irregular shape. It has a fish population of pumpkinseeds, black bullheads, white suckers and minnows. The DNR constructed the flowage as part of the Steve Creek Wildlife Area for use by waterfowl. It has a bottom of mainly muck and detritus with small areas of gravel, and it is almost surrounded by a willow-tag alder swamp. Aquatic vegetation is scattered throughout the flowage. Mallards, teal, hooded mergansers and wood ducks nest along the shore, and large numbers of ducks use the flowage during their spring and fall migrations. Furbearer use is light, but beaver and muskrats are present. There is no private development, as the State of Wisconsin owns all the shoreline and provides a public access to the north end of the flowage.
Surface Area = 11.4 acres, Maximum Depth = 8 ft, MPA = 26 ppm, Secchi disk = 4 ft
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
|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|
|2191400||Steve Creek Flowage, Lower||10005163||Lower Steve Creek Flowage||8/29/2000||9/26/2010||Map||Data|
Steve Creek Flowage, Lower is located in the Middle Jump River watershed which is 229.88 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48.50%), wetland (39.90%) and a mix of grassland (6.10%) and other uses (5.40%). This watershed has 262.64 stream miles, 803.21 lake acres and 44,314.18 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.