Fond Du Lac, Winnebago
Fish and Aquatic Life
Henderson Creek, in the Fox River Watershed, is a 3.78 mile river that falls in Fond du Lac and Winnebago Counties. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Henderson Creek, T17N, R14E, Section 34 (15), Area = 0.6 acres, Length = 1.8 miles, Gradient = 24.0 feet/mile.
Henderson Creek is a small stream draining into Rush Lake in southwestern Winnebago County. It contains clear, hard water. Muck is the predominant bottom material with traces of pea gravel present. The fishery consists of forage species. Muskrats, furbearers, and waterfowl inhabit the stream and adjacent wetlands. Most of the stream bank vegetation consists of marsh, but some upland hardwood and upland pasture species are also present.
Public access is available from one town road.
From: 1975. Surface Water Resources of Winnebago County: Lake and Stream Classification Project.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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.
16N 14E S1; Henderson Creek;
16N 14E S1; Henderson Creek, trib;
17N 14E S35; Rush Lake, unnamed trib;
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|
|141400||Rush Lake||10007489||Rush Lake||7/27/1999||10/11/2018||Map||Data|
|141400||Rush Lake||10046710||Phragmites Occurrence - Rush Lake||7/15/2015||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|141600||Henderson Creek||10051550||Henderson Creek at Island Rd||9/23/2018||10/30/2019||Map||Data|
Henderson Creek is located in the Fox River watershed which is 119.76 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (57.60%), wetland (18.40%) and a mix of grassland (13.90%) and other uses (10.10%). This watershed has 236.73 stream miles, 3,102.34 lake acres and 13,826.50 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.