Late July of ’21 my cousin got married near Wausau and it was the perfect opportunity for a short weekend camping trip. Weather was surprisingly mild for this time of year and temps were only in the high 70’s / low 80’s making it very pleasant. It didn’t take long before deciding that I would camp at Cedar Falls Campground in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin for a chance to capture Cedar Falls from the air with the drone. I booked campsite 12 which was adjacent to a small river access spot with big, flat rocks to stand on – an ideal spot for fishing or launching a drone.
Views looking downstream on the Tomahawk River that lead into the Willow Flowage are peaceful and calm. If I had more time on this trip I might have gone on a daytrip in the kayak but wasn’t in the cards today.
From the spot I was standing – which to my knowledge is the best public access without trespassing across other campsites or private lands – you can see a bit of turbulence upstream but not much. I visited back in 2018 and learned quickly that views from the road bridge entering camp leave much to be desired. Far as I can tell there is no other good way to see the falls from downstream without taking to the sky.
Once up in the air I found a small rapids or lower falls section that drops maybe 3 feet with smaller rapids above. Tough to get a good shot as the small trees on the far bank prevented the best flight paths. Didn’t even expect to find this, pretty cool!
And just a few hundred yards upstream I was able to get my shot at Cedar Falls. Much better view from the downstream side! Judging by the rocks along the river water levels are 1-2 feet low right now so imaging how much more exciting this one gets when it’s full flow in springtime.
Here’s a short video of the falls. Appreciate anyone who wants to subscribe to my YouTube. I’m considering doing longer videos and possibly adding narration/voiceover for future trips – let me know in the comments if you have ideas/feedback!
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