Fish and Aquatic Life
the Wisconsin Rapids Flowage is a hydroelectric, drainage impoundment located on the Wisconsin River. The dam has a 33-foot head and is owned by Consolidated Water Power Company. The water is soft, has a low transparency, is light brown colored, and is alkaline. Walleyes, northern pike, perch, pumpkinseed, bullheads, and carp comprise the fishery. There is public access without parking. Industrial pollution is a problem and better public access is probably warranted. Mallard, ring-necked, and scaup ducks nest at the lake and it is used by migrant dabbler and diving species.
Source: 1967, Surface Water Resources of Wood County Wisconsin Rapids Flowage, T22N, R6E, S8
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723085||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 003||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723087||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 005||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||10007537||Wis Rapids Flowage||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||10044472||Wisconsin R - Upper Wisconsin Rapids Flowage Tailwater||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723101||Consol Water Power Wis Rap 001||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||10044472||Wisconsin R - Upper Wisconsin Rapids Flowage Tailwater||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||227||Wisconsin River - Below Biron Dam||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723009||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers R And D Outfall||5/23/1977||5/23/1977||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723011||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Paperboard Div 003||5/5/1977||5/5/1977||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723091||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 009||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723089||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 007||Map||Data|
|1396900||Biron Flowage||10007538||Biron Flowage||9/8/1994||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1179900||Wisconsin River||10007538||Biron Flowage||9/8/1994||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723004||Wisconsin River - Off River Rd Biron||10/21/1975||8/14/1979||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723016||Wisconsin River - Consoweld Corp Wis Rapids 001||12/9/1975||5/5/1977||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723095||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 013||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||10041501||Landing at Biron & 32rd Street N - Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723003||Wisconsin River - Biron Stp||8/5/1975||9/4/2012||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723083||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 001||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723093||Wisconsin River - Consol Paper Biron Div 011||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723097||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 015||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||723099||Wisconsin River - Consol Papers Biron Div 017||Map||Data|
|1396200||Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||10041502||Landing at Redding Road & 5th Ave North - Wisconsin Rapids Flowage||Map||Data|
Wisconsin Rapids 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.