Fish and Aquatic Life
Sidie Hollow Creek, located in central Vernon County just west of Viroqua, flows for approximately one mile in a southwesterly direction before reaching Sidie Hollow Lake. It has a gradient of 66 feet per mile and drains steep forested land, lowland pasture, and agricultural land. Sidie Hollow Creek is a Class II trout stream for the 0.5 miles immediately upstream of Sidie Hollow Lake.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1975, documented a cool, clear stream with a bottom consisting mainly of rubble with lesser amounts of boulder, gravel, sand, silt and detritus. Aquatic vegetation was scarce. Brown trout and a variety of forage fish were collected, as well as bluegill and largemouth bass, which likely emigrated from Sidie Hollow Lake. A fish and habitat survey of Sidie Hollow Creek should be conducted to update physical and biological information and determine the need for further fish stocking. WDNR stocked brown trout in Sidie Hollow Creek from 1961 to 1989. Between 1989 and 1991, a variety of fish including brook, rainbow trout and largemouth bass were stocked. Access to the stream is available from Sidie Hollow Lake and Sidie Hollow County Park.
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 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
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|
|1641500||Sidie Hollow Creek||10044601||Sidie Hollow Creek at E6990 E Sidie Hollow Rd||5/27/2015||11/3/2015||Map||Data|
|1641500||Sidie Hollow Creek||10007764||Sidie Hollow Creek - 75 M Upstream From Outlet To Sidie Hollow Lake||2/8/2006||3/13/2007||Map||Data|
|1641500||Sidie Hollow Creek||10013788||Sidie Hollow Creek Station 1 - Mouth Upstream||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1641500||Sidie Hollow Creek||10013789||Sidie Hollow Creek Station 2 - 900 Ft. Upstream Of Mouth||7/29/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1641500||Sidie Hollow Creek||10044598||Sidie Hollow Creek off Boat Lancing Rd near barn||4/28/2015||10/8/2017||Map||Data|
|1641500||Sidie Hollow Creek||633127||Sidie Hollow Inlet 1 - South Inlet||3/4/1973||10/7/1974||Map||Data|
Sidie Hollow Creek is located in the Bad Axe River watershed which is 195.49 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (40%), agricultural (29.60%) and a mix of grassland (24.60%) and other uses (5.80%). This watershed has 468.27 stream miles, 489.81 lake acres and 2,552.28 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.