Fish and Aquatic Life
Hutter Slough is an oxbow lake on the floodplain of the Wisconsin River 1.5 miles east of Spring Green and is identified as an Exceptional Resource Water (ERW). Springs and seepage from the Wisconsin River are its water source. During periods of high water the Wisconsin River floods this slough and brings in both rough and game fish. Smallmouth bass and panfish provide a good fishery. Northern pike are also occasionally caught. Carp, buffalo, white suckers, and gizzard shad are abundant but do not appear to create a severe use problem. Nineteen acres of shallow marsh adjoins this oxbow where muskrat, beaver and mink are frequently observed. Mallards, teal and wood ducks visit the slough during migratory periods. There is no public land nearbybut access is available by way of a farm field road with permission from landowner.
Hutter, Jones and Norton sloughs were identified as either having high nutrients or excess algae growth. Some are very close to agricultural fields where manure and other nutrients are applied to crops grown. These nutrients are either reaching the sloughs through runoff or discharge of nutrient-laden groundwater.
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Sauk County Hutter Slough, T8N R4E, Sec. 8 Surface area = 9.98 acres, S.D.F. = 2.35, Maximum depth = 10 feet.
Author Jean Unmuth
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|
|1247000||Hutter Slough||10036944||Hutter Slough||6/22/2010||7/4/2011||Map||Data|
Hutter Slough is located in the Bear Creek watershed which is 136.54 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (46.40%), agricultural (24.60%) and a mix of grassland (15.20%) and other uses (13.80%). This watershed has 236.07 stream miles, 119.46 lake acres and 6,798.61 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.