Black Earth Creek Fishery Area
DNR Fisheries Areas
Recognized as a premier trout destination and regionally significant and unique resource, much attention has focused here. The history includes millpond removal to initially restore the stream, followed by intensive DNR habitat work to improve trout holding and production potential as well as public access. Subsequent high profile events include intensive priority watershed work with the dairy farmers to correct nonpoint runoff, Village and surrounding development planning to limit stormwater impacts, water use discussions, and land use decisions. The history here is deep, multi-layered, and dynamic.
The Black Earth Creek Fishery Area follows both the north and south banks of Black Earth Creek, beginning west of Middleton and proceeding westward to east of Black Earth in Dane County. Access to the stream and adjacent lands are from US Hwy 14 and town roads and County Hwy KP. Multiple road accessible entry points are well marked with either yellow standards, signage, and where possible, parking areas.
The creek is designated as a class 1 trout stream and as such receives no stocking.
No overnight camping or fires are allowed. Signage indicates permitted and prohibited uses.
The Black Earth Creek Fishery Area is managed for stream restoration, trout habitat, and public access.