North Bend Falls

North Bend Falls

On the final day of my long July trip across Wisconsin I started at North Bend Falls. View are accessible directly from Hwy 54 in the town of North Bend but the falls are on private property. Here’s a closer angled view of the falls. Not sure how far Mill Creek drops exactly but looks … Read more North Bend Falls

Catfish Days @ Trempeauleau, WI

Trempeauleau, WI - James Allen Reed statue

While on my way back to camp at Perrot State Park, I was surprised to find a summer celebration in downtown Trempeauleau, Wisconsin called the Catfish Days Festival. Nothing was waiting for me back at camp and I’ve learned to never pass up a good catfish sandwich so I stopped to check things out for … Read more Catfish Days @ Trempeauleau, WI

Merrick State Park

Merrick State Park - Paddling along Fountain City Bay

Last night I arrived late to camp. Several strong thunderstorms threw off some plans so I bailed on that & headed to Merrick State Park in Fountain City, Wisconsin. This is one of the smaller state parks but does offer camping, 2 miles of hiking trails, and plentiful boating opportunities. Unfortunately the entire Mississippi River … Read more Merrick State Park

Lost Falls

Lost Falls - Black River Falls, WI

Another relatively easy waterfall in the Black River Falls area is Lost Falls. This can be located by following the large “Lost Falls Campground” signs on the main highways. The trail head is found right off Sunnyvale Road. Be sure to park cautiously on the shoulder and be considerate to other drivers & the campground. … Read more Lost Falls

Polly Falls [FAILED]

Polly Falls [FAILED]

Purposely failed vising Polly Falls in the Black River Falls, WI area just to see what I could find. As I suspected everything is posted “private property” and there is no formal public access available. Maps confirm there is no public access other than by Robinson Creek or maybe Stony Creek which would require wading, … Read more Polly Falls [FAILED]

Perry Creek Rapids

Perry Creek Rapids - View below the falls

The area surrounding Black River Falls seem to be abundant with rapids and waterfalls. My next stop at Perry Creek Recreation Area is a unique and smaller park that doesn’t seem to get much traffic. Access to Perry Creek is quite easy on a short and well maintained hiking trail. You will quickly come to … Read more Perry Creek Rapids

Ni-ho-kha-wa-ne-ey-ja

Ni-ho-kha-wa-ne-ey-ja

While still in the Black River Falls area I noticed the map was showing a water feature just below the dam in the downtown area labeled “Ni-ho-kha-wa-ne-ey-ja”, a Winnebago name which had me intrigued. Searching online, Google books shows an excerpt of this book giving the translation “where the black water goes over the rocks”. … Read more Ni-ho-kha-wa-ne-ey-ja

Little Bull Falls (Wood)

Little Bull Falls

After leaving the Leine Lodge I had beer on the brain and decided to visit the Little Bull Falls bar/restaurant in Pittsville, Wisconsin. No brewery tours here – just a good ol’ fashioned friendly dive bar. Of course my intentions here weren’t to drink the day away (though it did cross my mind). I stopped … Read more Little Bull Falls (Wood)

Leine Lodge & Brewery Tour

Leinenkugels Brewery & Leine Lodge

What’s this – I’m taking pictures of something not in the wilderness?! When in Rome (or Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin) if you are presented the opportunity for a brewery tour you take it goshdarnit dontchaknow. So today I’m killing a few hours and maybe a couple brewskis at the Leinenkugels Brewery & Leine Lodge store. Inside … Read more Leine Lodge & Brewery Tour

Old Abe Rapids

Old Abe Rapids

Starting off the morning’s adventures and passed through Jim Falls, Wisconsin which has some huge rapids visible right from the road. I parked near this old abandoned bridge over the Chippewa River for a closer look. Directly below the bridge is a huge boulder field stretching hundreds of yards, maybe even a mile or more. … Read more Old Abe Rapids