Fish and Aquatic Life
The Wood River flows through Dunham, Little Wood and Wood Lakes and is impounded in the community of Grantsburg to form Mirror Lake.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The Wood River (WBIC 2642900, Wood Lake to headwaters) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water is meeting this designated use and is 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.
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|
|2642900||Wood River||10042994||Wood River 427m DS STH 70 (first crossing)||8/13/2014||8/13/2014||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073128||Wood River at Big Wood Lk Outlet||4/29/2002||7/10/2020||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||10054514||Wood River at County Road F||7/8/2020||7/8/2020||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073029||Wood River at Hwy 70, East Crossing||5/9/1979||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||10029120||Wood River-upstrm. Crosstown Rd||10/15/2014||7/10/2020||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||10001045||Dunham Lake T38 R17W S28||7/6/2009||7/6/2009||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073109||Wood River at Hwy 70 (East Crossing - to be replaced)||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||10031374||Burnett Dairy Coop Grantsburg||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073019||Wood River - Dam At Grantsburg||7/8/2020||5/5/2022||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||10029122||Wood River-Hwy 70 W of Grantsburg||1/1/2015||7/8/2020||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073004||Wood River - Grantsburg Stp||4/28/1976||10/31/1977||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073030||Wood River At West River Road (1 Mi Above St Croix R)||5/9/1979||7/8/2020||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||10042968||Wood River 460 m DS STH 70 second crossing||9/29/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073020||Wood River at Sth 70 Near Grantsburg||Map||Data|
|2642900||Wood River||073106||Wood River at North Williams Rd Near Grantsburg WI||7/9/1999||7/10/2020||Map||Data|
Wood River is located in the Wood River watershed which is 220.24 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (50.60%), wetland (25.10%) and a mix of grassland (11.10%) and other uses (13.40%). This watershed has 197.60 stream miles, 5,461.36 lake acres and 34,321.60 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.