Flood of July 2016 in northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation

Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5029
Prepared in cooperation with the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe
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Heavy rain fell across northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation on July 11, 2016, as a result of several rounds of thunderstorms. The storms caused major flooding in the Bad River Basin and nearby tributaries along the south shore of Lake Superior. Rainfall totals were 8–10 inches or more and most of the rain fell in an 8-hour period. A streamgage on the Bad River near Odanah, Wisconsin, rose from 300 cubic feet per second to a record peak streamflow of 40,000 cubic feet per second in only 15 hours. Following the storms and through September 2016, personnel from the U.S. Geological Survey and Bad River Tribe Natural Resources Department recovered and documented 108 high-water marks near the Bad River Reservation. Many of these high-water marks were used to create three flood-inundation maps for the Bad River, Beartrap Creek, and Denomie Creek for the Bad River Reservation in the vicinity of the community of Odanah.

Suggested Citation

Fitzpatrick, F.A., Dantoin, E.D., Tillison, Naomi, Watson, K.M., Waschbusch, R.J., and Blount, J.D., 2017, Flood of July 2016 in northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5029, 21 p., 1 app., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175029.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Flood of July 2016 in Northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation
  • Summary
  • References Cited
  • Glossary
  • Appendix 1.  High-Water Mark Descriptions
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Flood of July 2016 in northern Wisconsin and the Bad River Reservation
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2017-5029
DOI 10.3133/sir20175029
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description Report: vi, 27 p.; Data Release
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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