Fish and Aquatic Life
Red River Main stem - The main stem of the Red River originates in Langlade County and flows southeastward for 43 miles. The entire main stem is classified as trout waters. Fisheries managers believe there are probably some non-trout class waters on the river. The river is dammed both above and below the village of Gresham, forming Weed Dam Pond and Gresham Millpond. Above Gresham, in Shawano County, the river has a steep gradient. Rapids and falls provide aesthetic qualities and recreational potential, especially for canoeists. Land use along the main stem varies from mainly cleared land in Langlade County to nearly completely wooded or wild land in Menominee County.
From: Bougie, Cheryl A., Kosmond, Lisa D, and Watermolen, Dreux J. 1996. Wolf River Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cheryl Bougie
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|
|326600||Red River||10049121||RED RIVER AT OPPERMAN WAY||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10022521||Red River - The Rock||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10037961||Red River in Gresham off Lower Lake Rd||7/31/2012||10/26/2012||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10014632||Red River At Maple Avenue||6/5/1979||6/20/2022||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10020115||Red River -- Canoe Launch||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10034798||Red River 400ft S of Hwy A corner||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10047168||Red River 420 meters DS Maple Ave||9/13/2016||9/13/2016||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10022538||Red River - Weed Dam||Map||Data|
|326600||Red River||10022514||Red River - Maple Rd.||7/9/2008||7/9/2008||Map||Data|
Red River is located in the Red River watershed which is 207.12 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (54.20%), wetland (20.40%) and a mix of agricultural (15%) and other uses (10.30%). This watershed has 206.51 stream miles, 785.38 lake acres and 24,271.01 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.