Fish and Aquatic Life
Skillet Creek is a tributary to the Baraboo River. The creek supports a population of warm water forage fish. A fish survey conducted in 1998 indicated that the stream had fair water quality for warmwater fish.
Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin.
PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Skillet Creek (WBIC 1274300) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (macroinvertebrate and fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Category 2. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10008327. AU: 12988.
Monitor Watershed (Status,Sources,Impairments)
The small waterfall on Skillet Creek should be examined for restoration and/or tourism potential.
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|
|1274300||Skillet Creek||10008333||Pine Creek #1 - 200m Downstream Rr Bridge Downstream Hatchery Road||Map||Data|
|1274300||Skillet Creek||10008327||Skillet Cr. St. #1- 49m Upstream Cth W||10/12/1990||10/21/2015||Map||Data|
|1274300||Skillet Creek||573162||Skillet Creek at STH159 bridge||6/13/2003||10/22/2004||Map||Data|
|1274300||Skillet Creek||10010453||Skillet Creek - Skillet Creek Remap 160-B ||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1274300||Skillet Creek||573161||Skillet Creek - Skillet Creek||6/13/2003||10/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1274300||Skillet Creek||10032022||Pine/Skillet Creek at Hatchery Rd bridge||6/17/2007||6/17/2007||Map||Data|
|1274300||Skillet Creek||10010452||Skillet Creek - Skillet Creek Remap 160-X||10/26/1990||4/25/1991||Map||Data|
Skillet Creek is located in the Narrows Creek and Baraboo River watershed which is 176.33 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (31.70%), agricultural (30.90%) and a mix of grassland (25.80%) and other uses (11.60%). This watershed has 368.35 stream miles, 331.44 lake acres and 4,694.54 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.