Lowery Creek Watershed Initiative

At 8,600 acres, the Lowery Creek watershed is small by most standards, but is packed with more intriguing beauty, culture, and history than your average watershed. Even the trout in Lowery Creek are special, being one of only two “heritage breed” brook trout populations that exist in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.


Like all Driftless Area cold water streams, Lowery Creek begins in the springs that dot the surrounding hills. It starts near the aptly-named Far Look Road, then winds through a four-mile long valley before filling the pond at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin estate and spilling into the Lower Wisconsin River. A primary tributary follows Hillside School Road before flowing into Lowery Creek just upstream of the Taliesin pond.


The valley’s slopes hold the mix of woods, prairies, savannas, crops, and pastures the Driftless Area is known for. Add to that Unity Chapel, Taliesin, great biking and hiking, fascinating history, and the enduring influence of Frank Lloyd Wright – and you have a very special place.


We are working toward a watershed that, fifty or more years from now, will be even more beautiful and bountiful than it is today. It will be known for its aesthetics, progressive agriculture, rich biodiversity, cultural tourism, and engaged community. It will serve as a model for our region and beyond.


Our team:

Katie Abbott, Iowa County Land Conservation Dept.

Barb Barzen, Driftless Area Land Conservancy

Dick Cates, Cates Family Farm

Mike Degen, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Jen Filipiak, Driftless Area Land Conservancy

John Hess, Town of Wyoming

Ryan Hewson, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Randy Manning

Daniel Marquardt, Hillside Pastures

Linda Marquardt, Hillside Pastures

Patrick Michaels

Joe Stapleton, Stapleton Farm

Jean Unmuth,  Friends of the Lower Wisconsin - Science Team

Selena Warsaw-Lane, Taliesin Preservation

Gary Zimmer, Otter Creek Organic Farm

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For more information contact Barb Barzen, Lowery Creek Watershed Initiative Coordinator

(608) 930-3252 or via email

Driftless Area Land Conservancy

206 S. Iowa Street (map)

P.O. Box 323

Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Email us

(608) 930-3252

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