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Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Warm Headwater
Fish and Aquatic Life
Hibbards Creek originates in Thorp Pond, two miles west of Kangaroo Lake, and outlets to Lake
Michigan just north of Jacksonport. It is 5.4 miles long and the gradient is 7.6 feet per mile. The stream is
predominantly bordered by wetlands. The drainage area is 17 square miles. The stream supports a native
brook trout population and provides habitat for stocked rainbow trout, with 2.8 miles classified as Class II
The fishery consists primarily of warm water species such as northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth
bass, and fewer numbers of sunfish and black bullheads. It supports rainbow and brook trout runs as well.
Macroinvertebrates collected in 1987 indicate fair to good water quality. Those collected in the fall of
1990 indicated fair water quality.
From: Willman, Guy and Mike Toneys. 2001. The State of the Lakeshore Basin. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Michael Toneys
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.
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
I would like more continuous temperature data before listing. Cold and warm water species migrate up this stream from Lake MI. AU: 10232; ID: 153032
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
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|
|98200||Hibbard Creek||153241||Hibbard Creek at Cth A||10/20/2003||10/20/2003||Map||Data|
|98200||Hibbard Creek||10016291||Hibbard Creek DS of Honold Rd||11/3/1987||5/2/2022||Map||Data|
|20||Lake Michigan||153280||Lake Michigan - Hibbards Creek||Map||Data|
|98200||Hibbard Creek||10052782||Hibbards Creek @ Junction Rd||8/17/2019||8/17/2019||Map||Data|
|98200||Hibbard Creek||10010200||Hibbard Creek - Hwy A||1/1/2015||8/21/2021||Map||Data|
|98200||Hibbard Creek||153235||Hibbards Creek at Cth A||10/13/2009||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|98200||Hibbard Creek||153032||Hibbards Creek - Sth 57 Nr Jacksonprt||3/9/1976||10/28/2021||Map||Data|
Hibbard Creek is located in the Upper Door County watershed which is 287.02 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (38%), grassland (22%) and a mix of agricultural (18.90%) and other uses (21.10%). This watershed has 102.85 stream miles, 254,855.32 lake acres and 24,541.39 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.
Hibbards Creek is considered a Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Warm Headwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Cool (Warm-Transition) Headwaters are small, sometimes intermittent streams with cool to warm summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are uncommon to absent, transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are common to uncommon. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.
Cool (Cold-Transition) Headwaters are small, usually perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon (<10 per 100 m), transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.