Spring Lake Peninsula Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project

St. Paul District

Pool 5, Upper Mississippi River, Miles 740 - 743.5, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, 
Congressional District: Wisconsin - 3




Spring floods had breached a natural peninsula at the upper end of Spring Lake that protected the lake from all but the largest floods.  High flows and sediments entering the lake were degrading the shallow water fish and wildlife habitat.  Quiet, protected areas are valued for fish and wildlife habitat.

Quick Facts

  • Approximate Acres: 30
  • State(s) Covered: Wisconsin
  • Land Ownership: Federal
  • Management Agency: USFWS
  • Management Authority: Refuge


  • Closed the breach in the peninsula and stabilized the remaining peninsula to prevent further erosion
  • Closure was constructed with material dredged from an upstream slough area and from Spring Lake


  • The Definite Project Report was completed in August 1991.
  • Construction was initiated in July 1994 and completed in May 1995.
  • The Operation and Maintenance Manual was completed in June 1996.
  • Construction of additional habitat improvements in Spring Lake began in 2004.