Early morning mist burning off in the warming sun.— Summer 1997

The Friends of the Little Plover River

Education - Conservation - Recreation

Since the historic dry up of sections of the Little Plover River in 2005, and 2006-2009, the Friends Little Plover River have been striving to increase awareness and to educate people about the seriousness of water and groundwater quantity issues in the watershed of the Little Plover River and Portage County.

The Little PloveDraft Siter River is our "Canary in the Mine" warning.  This river is under extreme stress and we are faced with the harsh reality that this river is endangered as are other Wisconsin water resources that rely on the groundwater that gives them life.

We in Wisconsin have a rich water heritage and the question for us today is whether we will leave future generations, our "Leaders of Tomorrow" with or without the water resources we all enjoy today.  We can live without oil . . . we cannot live without WATER!

Historically, the Little Plover River has never gone dry, even in past drought periods of much greater magnitude . . . until 2005 when sections of the river dried up.  So what has changed to make this happen?

The discussion began in 2006 with the formation of the Little Plover River Work Group consisting of a wide range of interested parties.  And the discussion continues.

Friends of the Little Plover River supports all thoughtful, factual and temperate dialogue in search of a way forward.

Read more about the river and the important role it plays within the community

Our Mission

The Mission of the Friends of the Little Plover River is to restore and maintain the healthy flow of the Little Plover River and its associated shore lands by promoting wise management of the ground water and land resources in the Little Plover River and  watershed and beyond through education and conservation.

 

Our Purpose
It is the intent of the Friends of the Little Plover River to gather and make available as much scientific and archival information on the Little Plover River as possible and place it on this website to allow everyone easy access to relevant information and data.  This is a continuing process and we welcome additional information and photos for review.

Where is The Little Plover River?

The Little Plover starts in the town of Stockton, just below the terminal moraine, flows west through the Village of Plover, forms the Springville Pond, and then joins the Wisconsin River

Breaking News

2014 Little Plover River Appreciation Day

The 8th Annual LPR Appreciation Day, originally scheduled for Friday May 2nd, has been rescheduled due to forecasts of inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Friday, May 9th.
May 8th and 9th
Student Art Exhibit: "Following the Flow: Exploring Wisconsin Waterways" by Roosevelt and Plover/Whiting 4th grade students. 3 pm to 6pm both days at the Village of Plover Municipal Building.
May 9th and 10th
Riverfront Arts Center: Following the Flow." Artists exploring Wisconsin Waterways. Friday 5pm to 7pm. Saturday 11am to 3pm. Through June 1.
May 10th
Exploring the LPR Tour with Dr. Robert Freckman. 1pm at LPR Park Shelter.

Little Plover River 4th on American Rivers Most Endangered Rivers (MER) List. Click here to see the MER Report

Read Rep. Louis Molepske's letter to DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp supporting action on groundwater

Flow Rates on the LPR

Click here to see the most recent measured volume of flow in the LPR

Scientific Studies

Explore the science of the Little Plover River

Appreciation Day Event

Every May, since 2007, the Friends of the Little Plover River have hosted 140 fourth grade students from nearby Roosevelt and Plover/Whiting Schools. Read more

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Spring on the Little Plover River

Between 300 and 500 men and boys fished the Little Plover River when the season opened at midnight last night. - Gazette, April 15, 1896

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