Ducks Unlimited engineers, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, developed project plans to restore 3,000 acres of emergent wetlands on Rush Lake, including sediment removal, construction of a sediment-settling pond and installing a new dam. These improvements will allow for future water-level management in accordance with Wisconsin DNR regulations. The vegetation and water quality of the lake is being monitored over the long term and future water-level manipulations will be used to maintain the best wildlife habitat possible.
Moist-soil plants in and around the restored Rush Lake wetlands provide excellent food for migrating and breeding waterfowl, including American black ducks, mallards and redheads. Rush Lake is called a "prairie pothole lake" because it is similar to the prairie wetlands of North America that produce so many of the continent's waterfowl.
The Rush Lake area is also extremely productive for waterfowl hunters and experiences significant public use. Hikers can enjoy viewing rare and endangered wildlife, including red-necked grebes and Forster's terns.
This project was funded in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.
Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Foster Rush Hunting Club, Fox River-Green Bay Natural Resource Trustee Council, Winnebago County Land & Water Conservation Department, Rush Lake Watershed Restoration Inc. and Ducks Unlimited