Soules Creek - WARCS
In Wisconsin, United States
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This cache is part of the WARCS (Waushara Area Rivers, Creeks, and Streams) series.
Soules Creek is a Class I trout stream that meanders 5.5 miles before emptying into the Wautoma Mill Pond. There are at least 10 different spring fed tributaries that add to the Soules Creek along its path. Because the water leaving the Wautoma Mill Pond is known as the White River, Soules Creek is considered to be the headwaters for the river. Soules Creek is designated as an Exceptional Resource Waters area (see description below).
Soules Creek is an integral part of the White River System Fishery Area, which includes some of the choicest trout waters found anywhere in the State of Wisconsin. The streams on this system are renowned for their ability to provide quality trout angling year after year, and the fact that they are among the few trout streams in all of Wisconsin where a naturally reproducing population of rainbow trout exists. The cold temperature and the crystal clarity allow it to be the excellent trout waters that they are.
Wisconsin has designated many of the state’s highest quality waters as Outstanding Resource Waters (ORWs) or Exceptional Resource Waters (ERWs). Waters designated as ORW or ERW are surface waters which provide outstanding recreational opportunities, support valuable fisheries and wildlife habitat, have good water quality, and are not significantly impacted by human activities. ORW and ERW status identifies waters that the State of Wisconsin has determined warrant additional protection from the effects of pollution. These designations are intended to meet federal Clean Water Act obligations requiring Wisconsin to adopt an “antidegradation” policy that is designed to prevent any lowering of water quality – especially in those waters having significant ecological or cultural value.
ORWs receive the state’s highest protection standards, with ERWs a close second. ORWs and ERWs share many of the same environmental and ecological characteristics. ORWs typically do not have any point sources discharging pollutants directly to the water (for instance, no industrial sources or municipal sewage treatment plants), though they may receive runoff from nonpoint sources. New discharges may be permitted only if their effluent quality is equal to or better than the background water quality of that waterway at all times—no increases of pollutant levels are allowed.
The area leading into and around the cache may be fairly wet at times of snow melt or high water conditions.
Please dress appropriately for the various hunting seasons in Wisconsin, as this cache is located on public hunting land.
The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to the Wautoma Service Center of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained here.
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Last Updated: on 5/14/2014 3:26:52 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:26 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum