Fish and Aquatic Life
Nekoosa Flowage, in the Fourmile and Fivemile Creek, Sevenmile and Tenmile Creeks and Wisconsin Rapids Watersheds, is a 486.00 acre impoundment that falls in Wood County. This impoundment is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1967, Surface Water Resources of Wood County Nekoosa Flowage, T21N, R5E, S10 Surface Acres = 452, S.D.F. = 3.99, Maximum Depth = 17 feet A drainage impoundment having slightly acid, medium hard light brown colored water of low transparency. It is formed by a hydroelectric dam located on the Wisconsin River. It has a 22- foot head and is owned by the Nekoosa Edwards Paper Company. Northern pike, walleyes, crappies, pumpkinseed, perch, bullheads, and a carp comprise the fishery. Industrial pollution is prevalent. Public access and a boat landing are available. Muskrats are insignificant. Wood, mallard, ring-necked and teal ducks bring off broods; and puddle ducks, and to a lesser degree, divers, use the flowage during migration.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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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
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Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||10044867||Port Edwards Flowage||7/4/2014||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723212||Wisconsin River - Above Nekoosa Dam||8/17/1976||1/17/1996||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723220||Wisconsin River - 20 Ft Ab Nek Stp Outfall||1/28/1977||3/31/1983||Map||Data|
|5585325||Unnamed||232||Wisconsin River at Mocassin Cr Mouth||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723077||Wisconsin River - Nekoosa Edwards Port Edwards 006||Map||Data|
|1387900||Nekoosa Flowage||10044467||Wisconsin R - Upper Nekoosa Flowage Tailwater||Map||Data|
|1387900||Nekoosa Flowage||723123||Nekoosa Flowage - Deep Hole||9/7/1973||7/21/2014||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723311||Wisconsin River - Port Edwards-T22n R5e S36 Se1/4 Sw1/4||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723017||Wisconsin River - Port Edwards Stp||8/7/1975||11/9/1982||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723026||Wisconsin River at Harvey Cr Bel Pt Edws||7/5/1977||8/16/1978||Map||Data|
|1395800||Port Edwards Flowage||10044867||Port Edwards Flowage||7/4/2014||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723020||Wisconsin River at Sth 73 In Nekoosa||8/13/1975||4/6/2001||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723078||Wisconsin River - Nekoosa Edwards Port Edwards 009||1/19/1976||1/19/1976||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723247||Wisconsin River - In 2000 Ft Up Of Vulcan||11/26/1996||11/26/1996||Map||Data|
|1387900||Nekoosa Flowage||10043055||Wisconsin River - Nekoosa Flowage||9/14/1994||6/20/2019||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||10043055||Wisconsin River - Nekoosa Flowage||9/14/1994||6/20/2019||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||723250||Wisconsin River - Off Unit 5 Sw Sloo Mouth||11/26/1996||11/26/1996||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||10041708||Wisconsin River - Riverside Park Boat Ramp||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||10044467||Wisconsin R - Upper Nekoosa Flowage Tailwater||Map||Data|
Nekoosa Flowage is located in the Wisconsin Rapids watershed which is 133.92 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (39.40%), agricultural (21.30%) and a mix of grassland (14.60%) and other uses (24.80%). This watershed has stream miles, lake acres and 10,062.04 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.