Watershed - Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River (LC20)
Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River Watershed

Details

The Upper Yellow River Watershed is the headwaters for the Yellow River. It is located in southwestern Taylor County with a small section extending into Chippewa County. The upper half of the watershed lies within the Chequamegon National Forest. The lower portion of the watershed has a significant amount of agricultural activity. The southern half of the watershed consists of glacial end moraines. Nearly all the natural lakes are located in this area, their watersheds draining primarily forested land. Agricultural land becomes more common in the western third of this area. Shoreline development around the lakes is limited. The northern half of the watershed consists of ground moraine. The Chequamegon Waters Flowage is an impoundment in this area, draining mostly forested land and numerous large wetlands. Agricultural land use becomes dominant to the west of the Flowage. Most of the streams in the watershed are small, low gradient streams that support warm water forage fish communities. The watershed has 12 lakes larger than 10 acres, with a combined area of 3,071 acres. The 2,714-acre Chequamegon Waters Flowage accounts for 88 percent of the watershed's lake surface area. Two of the lakes are shallow impoundments in the Pershing Wildlife Area, managed by WDNR for wildlife production. Fish tissue monitoring for mercury on the Chequamegon Waters Flowage resulted in a listing on the current fish advisory. Self-help monitoring volunteers would be instrumental in obtaining information on the Chequamegon Waters Flowage, Jerry, Nineteen, Salem, and Spruce Lakes.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The North Central Forest Ecological Landscape occupies much of the northern third of Wisconsin. Its landforms are characterized by end and ground moraines with some pitted outwash and bedrock controlled areas. Kettle depressions and steep ridges are found in the northern portion. Two prominent areas in this Ecological Landscape are the Penokee-Gogebic Iron Range in the north extending into Michigan, and Timm's Hill, the highest point in Wisconsin (1,951 feet) in the south. Soils consist of sandy loam, sand, and silts. The vegetation is mainly forest, with many wetlands and some agriculture, though the growing season is not as favorable as it is in southern Wisconsin. Lake Superior greatly influences the northern portion of the Ecological Landscape especially during the winter season, producing greater snowfall than in most areas in Wisconsin. The historic vegetation was primarily hemlock-hardwood forest dominated by hemlock, sugar maple, and yellow birch. There were some smaller areas of white and red pine forest scattered throughout the Ecological Landscape, and individual white pines trees were a component of the hemlock-hardwood forest. Harvesting hemlock to support the tanneries was common at the turn of the century, and the species soon became a minor component of forests due to over-harvesting and lack of regeneration. Currently, forests cover approximately 80% of this Ecological Landscape. The northern hardwood forest is dominant, made up of sugar maple, basswood, and red maple, and also including some scattered hemlock and white pine pockets within stands. The aspen-birch forest type group is also relatively abundant, followed by spruce-fir. A variety of wetland community types also are present, both forested and non-forested.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Bear Creek
Status
Complete

Miller Dam Lake Association: Chequamegon Waters Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: Miller Dam Lake (Chequamegon Waters Flowage) Association will conduct an Aquatic Plant Survey and develop an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Miller Dam Lake. The Lake contains Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP). A point intercept plant survey will be conducted to produce a baseline evaluation of the plant community. To apply management actions in an ecologically sound manner the lake association will develop an aquatic plant management plan to guide their efforts.

Preliminary goals (APM Plan) include: 1) Effectively manage EWM and CLP; 2) Maintain and improve recreational opportunities; 3) Preserve native aquatic plants; 4) Protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat; 5) Evaluate water quality concerns; 6) Evaluate Lake Watershed and potential nutrient impacts.

Project deliverables include: 1) A project kick-off meeting; 2) A public information meeting at draft stage of APM plan; 3) Produce a comprehensive APM plan; 4) Interpret the results of the aquatic plant survey; 5) Provide maps (including CLP, EWM beds) to the lake associations for management.

Specific project conditions: 1) Follow department protocol when conducting the point intercept study; 2) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format; 3) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS; 4) Contact Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to learn about the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs; 4) The Voigt Intertribal Task Force (VTF) (Peter David, 715-682-6619 (ext.123) (pdavid@glifwc.org)) must be consulted on activities that could impact wild rice and/or habitat that could support wild rice. APM Plan development and associated permitting activities require VTF consultation. Thus, its imperative wild rice and associated habitat be an APM Plan component. Contact Frank Koshere (715-392-0807) for specifics on integrating wild rice discussion in your Plan.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Chequamegon Waters Flowage
Status
Complete

Miller Dam Lake Association: Chequamegon Waters Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: Miller Dam Lake (Chequamegon Waters Flowage) Association will conduct an Aquatic Plant Survey and develop an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Miller Dam Lake. The Lake contains Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP). A point intercept plant survey will be conducted to produce a baseline evaluation of the plant community. To apply management actions in an ecologically sound manner the lake association will develop an aquatic plant management plan to guide their efforts.

Preliminary goals (APM Plan) include: 1) Effectively manage EWM and CLP; 2) Maintain and improve recreational opportunities; 3) Preserve native aquatic plants; 4) Protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat; 5) Evaluate water quality concerns; 6) Evaluate Lake Watershed and potential nutrient impacts.

Project deliverables include: 1) A project kick-off meeting; 2) A public information meeting at draft stage of APM plan; 3) Produce a comprehensive APM plan; 4) Interpret the results of the aquatic plant survey; 5) Provide maps (including CLP, EWM beds) to the lake associations for management.

Specific project conditions: 1) Follow department protocol when conducting the point intercept study; 2) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format; 3) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS; 4) Contact Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to learn about the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs; 4) The Voigt Intertribal Task Force (VTF) (Peter David, 715-682-6619 (ext.123) (pdavid@glifwc.org)) must be consulted on activities that could impact wild rice and/or habitat that could support wild rice. APM Plan development and associated permitting activities require VTF consultation. Thus, its imperative wild rice and associated habitat be an APM Plan component. Contact Frank Koshere (715-392-0807) for specifics on integrating wild rice discussion in your Plan.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Yellow River
Status
Complete

Miller Dam Lake Association: Chequamegon Waters Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: Miller Dam Lake (Chequamegon Waters Flowage) Association will conduct an Aquatic Plant Survey and develop an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Miller Dam Lake. The Lake contains Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP). A point intercept plant survey will be conducted to produce a baseline evaluation of the plant community. To apply management actions in an ecologically sound manner the lake association will develop an aquatic plant management plan to guide their efforts.

Preliminary goals (APM Plan) include: 1) Effectively manage EWM and CLP; 2) Maintain and improve recreational opportunities; 3) Preserve native aquatic plants; 4) Protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat; 5) Evaluate water quality concerns; 6) Evaluate Lake Watershed and potential nutrient impacts.

Project deliverables include: 1) A project kick-off meeting; 2) A public information meeting at draft stage of APM plan; 3) Produce a comprehensive APM plan; 4) Interpret the results of the aquatic plant survey; 5) Provide maps (including CLP, EWM beds) to the lake associations for management.

Specific project conditions: 1) Follow department protocol when conducting the point intercept study; 2) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format; 3) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS; 4) Contact Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to learn about the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs; 4) The Voigt Intertribal Task Force (VTF) (Peter David, 715-682-6619 (ext.123) (pdavid@glifwc.org)) must be consulted on activities that could impact wild rice and/or habitat that could support wild rice. APM Plan development and associated permitting activities require VTF consultation. Thus, its imperative wild rice and associated habitat be an APM Plan component. Contact Frank Koshere (715-392-0807) for specifics on integrating wild rice discussion in your Plan.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2008
Waters Involved
Axhandle Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Axe Handle Easement: WWLT is seeking $200,000 in Lake Protection Grant funding to contribute to the cost of a conservation easement designed to protect a 48.55-acre parcel on Axe Handle Lake from development into rural residential housing (up to 31 lots possible under current Chippewa Co. shoreland zoning). The easement would permanently restrict future development to no more than two residential lots, require that all stormwater from development be infiltrated prior to reaching the lake, and require maintenance of a 100-foot forested vegetative buffer to protect the lake's water quality and natural scenic beauty. The owners of the property have offered to donate the remaining value of the easement (est. $575,000). No public access is provided via the easement other than one educational tour per year. Hunting allowed by owners permission.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Bass Lakes
Status
Complete

Chippewa: Acq-Bass Lakes/Tram Lake Acquisition-Galgano Property: Chippewa County will acquire 220 acres with frontage on Bass Lakes #1 and #2 and Tram Lake to protect the lake from residential development.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2006
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long Lake (Mills) Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase a conservation easement on a 15 acre parcel with approximately 4,000 ft. of shoreline on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Easement reduces the number of developable lots from eight to two and requires maintenance of a 100 ft. natural and forested vegetative buffer aling the shoreline.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2001
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc.: Acq-Playter Parcel Purchase: The Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc. has purchased the 59-acre Playter property on the northeastern shore of Long Lake in Chippewa County. Project involved bargain sale and up-front funding from Chippewa County's Stewardship fund -- funding that will be reimbursed with $50K of the grant award. The property includes 700 ft. of shoreline, and will be maintained for resource protection, lakeshore preservation, environmental education and scientific study.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/1999
Waters Involved
Lake Hallie, Lake Hallie 2
Status
Complete

Town Of Hallie: Acq-Town Of Hallie Acquistion On Lake Hallie: The Town of Hallie proposes to purchase approximately 22 acres of land on the north end of Lake Hallie. The parcel is currently owned by American Materials Corporation, and is threatened with development. The parcel is an environmentally sensitive area, a major feature of the land is a wetland spring area. This area is a major cold-water source for the lake and provides a unique riparian buffer for several hundred feet of shoreline. The area also provides an extensive area of riparian wildlife habitat.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2006
Waters Involved
Larrabee Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Larrabee (Munger) Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust requests $200,000 to purchase a conservation easement on a 24-acre parcel owned by the Munger family on Larrabee Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2001
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc.: Acq-Playter Parcel Purchase: The Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc. has purchased the 59-acre Playter property on the northeastern shore of Long Lake in Chippewa County. Project involved bargain sale and up-front funding from Chippewa County's Stewardship fund -- funding that will be reimbursed with $50K of the grant award. The property includes 700 ft. of shoreline, and will be maintained for resource protection, lakeshore preservation, environmental education and scientific study.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Taylor Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Taylor-Snake Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks funding toward the purchase of a conservation easement on two parcels with frontage on Herde Lake: One (126 acres) sharing frontage on Taylor Lake, and another (155 acres) with frontage on Snake and several unnamed, wild lakes.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2008
Waters Involved
Triple Lakes
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Herde Iii, Triple Lakes Easements: WWLT is seeking $200,000 in Lake Protection funding to contribute to the cost of two conservation easements: one secured on a 30-acre parcel on Herde Lake, and the other on a 740-acre parcel that includes frontage on, or entirely encompasses, 14 lakes including the Triple Lakes, and Henneman, Logger, Chick, Calkins North and Taylor lakes in Chippewa County. The Herde Lake easement allows no development on the property (which had been subdivided to accommodate 11 condominium lots) and requires maintenance of a 100 ft. forested vegetative shoreline buffer strip to protect the lake's water quality and natural scenic beauty. The Triple Lakes easement extinguishes a condominium plat approval allowing for development of up to 181 lakefront lots allowing, instead, development of 13 residential lots and requiring maintenance of 75' (min.) vegetative buffer strips on all lake shorelines.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Chippewa County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Chippewa County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Best Management Practices, Implement
Culver/Red Cedar TMDL Manure Storage Project
Date
Status
This project is a landowner installation of nonpoint source best management practices to contribute to the restoration of Wisconsin?s waters and was funded by the 319 grant. Specifically, the grantee will implement: a manure storage system, livestock fencing, roof runoff systems, and critical area stabilization.
1/1/2017
In Progress
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
10/28/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Yellow River TP
Date
Status
Category 3. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10016979. AU: 1525718.
1/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Yellow River TP
Date
Status
Category 3. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 613123. AU: 16186.
1/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Mill Creek and Lake Wissota Follow Up Monitoring
Date
Status
Mill Creek and Lake Wissota Follow Up Monitoring
1/1/2002
In Progress
Projects
 
TMDL Implementation
Little Lake Wissota TMDL
Date
Status
Little Lake Wissota is a 400-acre eutrophic embayment of Lake Wissota, an impoundment of the Chippewa River near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (Hydrologic Unit Code 07050005, Wisconsin Waterbody Identification Code 2152800). The embayment has a maximum depth of 43 feet and a drainage area of approximately 67 square miles. Paint Creek is the primary source of surface water inflow to Little Lake Wissota. The Little Lake Wissota watershed is located in the North Central Hardwood Forest Ecoregion (Omernick and Gallant, 1988). This EPA Ecoregion is characterized by nearly level to rolling glacial till plains, significant agricultural land use and lakes with phosphorus concentrations greater than 50 ppb, indicative of eutrophic conditions. The lake was placed on the Wisconsin 303(d) impaired waters list in 1998 with a high priority ranking due to eutrophication and pH criteria exceedances. In addition, recreational uses are limited during the summer due to poor water quality from excess phosphorus (P) and sediment loading. Land cover in the watershed is primarily agricultural and forest. The goal of this TMDL is to reduce levels of phosphorus and sediment loading and decrease the extent and severity of summer algal blooms in Little Lake Wissota.
2/1/2007
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
Upper Yellow (Taylor Co.) River WatershedWatershed History Note

The Village of Gilman is located in Taylor County in the Upper Yellow River watershed. In the middle to late 1800's when the Northwestern Lumber Company started logging it off, the Gilman area was a vast area of wooded lands. There were several Indian tribes in the area including the Chippewa, Menominee, Huron, and the Kickapoo. Most migrated up the Yellow River and its tributaries. Prior to the arrival of the railroad in the early 1900's, most of the people in the area were loggers living in many logging camps. Gilman was named after Sallie Gilman, wife of Delos R. Moon, President of the Northwestern Lumber Company. In the original plot of the village of Gilman, the streets were named after their children. In 1902, the first train arrived in Gilman. In the years that followed, new tracks and railroads came and went, and in 2001, the Canadian National bought the Wisconsin Central and now use this as their main line to Chicago and on to New Orleans.

Date  2010