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Johnson Creek


The Johnson Creek Watershed is located in southwestern Madison County. It drains 21,000 acres into the South Fork of the Forked Deer River. In the late 1950s landowners in the area formed the Johnson creek Watershed District. The watershed district worked with the Soil Conservation Service now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service to formulate a plan to curtail downstream flooding within the watershed. Easements were acquired and in the late 1950s and early 1960s the watershed district with the technical and financial assistance from SCS constructed five earthen dams across the channels of Johnson Creek. Each of the dams created lakes with permanent pools ranging from 14 to 52 acres. Follow the attached link to view a map of the Johnson Creek watershed.

Dam/Lake   Year Built        Drainage Area      Lake Size

#2                1959                1,838 acres            34 acres

#4                1959                2,202 acres            30 acres

#10              1959                   606 acres            14 acres

#7                1960                3,148 acres            35 acres

#5                1961                2,627 acres            52 acres