The City is also a Bird City and attracts a number of birders along the river. Whether it’s fly fishing and kayaking or art fairs and music festivals, the city on the Kinni has so much for visitors who enjoy recreation and culture. Probably the most famous trout stream in the state, the Kinnickinnic River stays … The main recreational opportunity on the upper portions of the Kinnickinnic River is trout fishing. Both impoundments also experience extreme eutrophication during the warm summer months leading to significant algae blooms.[9]. The Kinnickinnic River begins in a storm sewer near 60th and Cleveland. The 22-mile, spring-fed river is a world-class trout stream with over 8,000 trout per mile in some stretches. They built the first commercial structure in the City of River Falls in 1852 along the banks of the Kinnickinnic River. The Kinnickinnic is composed of two types of river. ~photo Jennifer Yauck Also working on a Kinnickinnic River initiative is the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (SWWT or Sweetwater Trust), a coalition of partners who collaborate on regional water resource issues. [2] Also, these streams do not need stocking with hatchery trout.[2]. The Kinnickinnic is composed of two types of river. The City is also a Bird City and attracts a number of birders along the river. Nearer to River Falls downtown, walking, hiking, running, mountain biking along the trails are popular activities. Hotels near Kinnickinnic State Park, River Falls on Tripadvisor: Find 21,853 traveler reviews, 743 candid photos, and prices for 30 hotels near Kinnickinnic State Park in River Falls, WI. Known as the “Kinni” by those who enjoy it, the Kinnickinnic River is a spring fed, cold-water stream 22 miles in length surrounded by a picturesque watershed of 174 square miles. Removing these dams would revitalize and restore the Lower Kinni’s cold water habitat, resurrect an entire mile of this world class stream, and fully restore the hi…, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. Sept. 19-20, Bacon Bash. 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. The warmer water below River Falls supports more minnow and crustacean life, which can support larger trout, though in fewer numbers. The extreme case of this is near the delta, where the water becomes even warmer, and the river supports warmer-water species such as smallmouth bass. Kinnickinnic River Neighbors in Action (KKRNIA) Making voices heard. Kayaking along the lower parts of the river has become popular. [10], Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}44°49′52″N 92°46′09″W / 44.8311°N 92.7691°W / 44.8311; -92.7691, For the Kinnickinnick River in eastern Wisconsin, see. A substantial amount of silt and sand are deposited in the delta, enough that that section of the St. Croix is known as the "Kin… Two brothers, Nathaniel N. and Oliver Stanley Powell, also claimed land in the vicinity in 1849. The 22-mile Kinnickinnic River flows through River Falls, Wis., and empties into the St. Croix River at Kinnickinnic State Park. The Kinni is a cold water fishery supporting a population of native Brook Trout and naturally reproducing Brown Trout. Last weeks hearing set in motion the final decisions on the dams, after more than a year of meetings and tech talks to acquaint residents with the pros and cons of three options. Four of the trips are for beginners and are on the upper Kinnickinnic River. The difference in water temperature is possibly due to the two hydroelectric dams remaining in the river and their impoundments, both of which are silted in to very shallow depths, allowing the river water to stagnate and warm prior to continuing downstream. Kinnickinnic River Land Trust: The nonprofit group holds several field trips in summer and fall. "[8] The water is slightly colder above the City of River Falls than below by about 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit. [10], The River Falls Municipal Utility owns and operates the Powell and Junction Falls dams as a hydroelectric project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under docket #P-10489. Welcome, Bing [Bot] Profile Messages 0 Notifications,,, "Annual Report: Quantitative Assessment of Zebra Mussels at Native Mussels Beds in the Lower St. Croix River - 2005",, "FERC Order Issuing License Docket #P-10489", "River Falls city council votes to remove Kinnickinnic River dams",, Tributaries of the St. Croix River (Wisconsin–Minnesota), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 May 2020, at 09:17. While the rivers are an asset for everyone, the tax payers of River Falls will directly bare the costs of removing the dams and well as other river restoration projects in the Kinni Corridor. Kinnickinnic River The Kinnickinnic River is 9.6 miles long with a watershed that covers 25 square miles of drainage area. It stretches 9.6 miles with a watershed that covers 25 square miles of drainage area. The Kinni is a cold water fishery supporting a population of native Brook Trout and naturally reproducing Brown Trout. The Kinni watershed is characterized by scenic bluff lands, rare oak savanna, original prairie, farm land, white pine forest, wooded coulees, sedge meadows, rare and endangered plant species, beautiful stands of white pines and plenty of open space and scenic vistas. [7] Above River Falls, the river flows slowly, with a sandy/silty bottom and a narrower bed. The Kinnickinnic River, called the Kinni for short, is a 22-mile-long (35 km)[1] river in northwestern Wisconsin in the United States. The Kinnickinnic River is officially designated as a Class I trout stream by the WI DNR, indicating it is a "high quality" trout water that has sufficient natural reproduction to sustain populations of wild trout, at or near carrying capacity. [7] The upper section of the river contains very high numbers of trout that are of smaller size. A river can have more than one source. upstream from mouth , 4.8 mi. He noted that both placed such value on the St. Croix River Valley that neither claimed it for themselves. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. Multiple masonry walls have been blown away. Kinnickinnic River. Along with the main river, many of the tributaries have been extensively modified through straightening, enclosure and concrete lining. As an elected official, my responsibility is to the citizens of the City of River Falls. The condition of the remaining 5.5 stream miles is not known or documented. Three of the watersheds (Milwaukee River North, Milwaukee River East-West and Milwaukee River South) contain the Milwaukee River from start to finish and collectively occupy two-thirds of the basin area (584 square miles). The Kinnickinnic River is officially designated as a Class I trout stream by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. Some rivers begin where a natural spring releases water from underground. This ORW designation indicates the Kinni provides outstanding recreational opportunities, supports valuable fisheries and wildlife habitat, has good water quality, and is not significantly impacted by human activities. Air Date: 08/27/2016 - 08/28/2016. [11] In February 2018, the River Falls city council unanimously approved a plan to decommission and remove the dams.