The Hawk Creek Watershed is one of the twelve major watersheds of the Minnesota River Basin and drains approximately 612,822 acres (958 square miles) of land. It is unique among the other major watersheds of the Minnesota River in that it is composed of a main tributary (Hawk Creek) and several other streams that flow directly into the Minnesota River. Hawk Creek originates in the lakes region of Kandiyohi County and flows approximately 65 miles to its mouth of the Minnesota River, located eight miles southeast of Granite Falls. Several municipalities are located directly on the stream or on a tributary and use the creek to discharge wastewater treatment plant effluent or stormwater effluent. There are no municipalities located on Hawk Creek that depend on it as a drinking water or industrial resource.
Fifteen lakes also lie within its borders, including significant waters such as Eagle, Long, Foot and Willmar. Lake homes and lake recreational activities are common activities. Additionally, several county/regional parks and more than 15 state wildlife management areas dot the watershed’s landscape. Agriculture is the dominant land use in the watershed and nearly 98% of the original wetlands in the watershed have been drained to increase agricultural opportunities.
The Middle Minnesota River Watershed is one of the twelve major watersheds of the Minnesota River Basin. Of this area, 178,662 acres are located within the Hawk Creek - Middle Minnesota Watershed CWMP planning boundary, with Renville County comprising 157,727 acres, Sibley County with 8,565 acres and Nicollet County with 12,370 acres.Hawk Creek - Middle Minnesota Watershed Map