Lost Lake Astrophotography

Lost Lake – Astrophotography in Tipler, Wisconsin

Sleep was paused for my final night at Lost Lake Campground in Tipler, Wisconsin.  Night skies were cooperative and outer space was revealing her secrets.  Views from the camp beach with a beer in hand – pretty hard to beat. While the naked-eye views were spectacular, sadly my camera shots were blocked by the wispy … Read more

Little Bull Falls (Florence, WI) [Failed]

Little Bull Falls Florence (Fail) - View from bridge at put-in

My second fail today at Little Bull Falls in Florence, Wisconsin was intentional but I still visited to scout for future expeditions.  This one is 100% impossible unless you have whitewater paddling skills. According to the maps I can find, this small parking area is the best put-in point for a run down the Popple … Read more

Breakwater Falls

Breakwater Falls - Main falls

The Pine River running through Florence County has plenty of waterfalls and today I would be visiting several.  Next stop is Breakwater Falls which sit below the Pine River Flowage & WE Energies hydroelectric dam.  Access can be found from both north & south shores but as you will see it’s likely better viewing from … Read more

LaSalle Falls

LaSalle Falls - Looking downstream over the main falls

LaSalle Falls is my next destination and is not far from the last stop at Washburn Falls.  Trail is very easy to find at a large parking area with well marked signs, maps, and even paper pamphlets. This area on the Pine-Popple Wild Rivers is managed by the Wisconsin DNR and is open for many … Read more

Washburn Falls

Washburn Falls - View downstream over the lower falls

It’s now July 2nd and the first stop is at Washburn Falls near Fern, Wisconsin in Florence County.  Weather is nice albeit warm in the low 80’s with abundant sunshine.  After a short drive down forest roads the trail head is easy to find right off a gravel parking area. The hike itself is short … Read more

Lost Lake Recreation Area

Lost Lake Recreation Area - Lake reflections

Basecamp for the next several days is at Lost Lake Recreation Area campground.  This is a small site in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that sits on an 86-acre lake and is a fantastic spot for a quiet family vacation.  I didn’t have much time left today so I did the only thing that seemed reasonable: … Read more

Martin Cemetery

Martin Cemetery

Heading north to continue my waterfall & hiking journeys.  For this leg I was camping in Tipler, Wisconsin which is where my family had once lived.  Decided to visit the Martin Cemetery which is named for our family. This is a very small town – population 200 – and also a very small cemetery of … Read more

Bull Falls (Florence)

Bull Falls (Florence)

From the parking area at Meyers Falls the trail forks.  Taking the other path leads to Bull Falls.  This isn’t your typical falls that has a sudden drop – instead it rambles over 100-200 yards.  Overall drop is something like 15 feet. Water levels appear very high, photos I have found online often show more … Read more

Meyers Falls

Meyers Falls - Looking Upstream

Florence, Wisconsin is packed full of waterfalls and rapids.  From Big Bull Falls in my previous post I drove to the next river over and found 2 more in the same area.  The first of these is Meyers Falls. From the small parking area, you only have to walk down a small hill maybe a … Read more

Big Bull Falls

Big Bull Falls - Falls View from Side Angle

Continuing my waterfall quest in NE Wisconsin.  Much of this part of the journey involved gravel and dirt roads in the Fern/Fence townships south of Florence.  Passed through swarms of wild turkeys – of course this only ever happens when I’m not trying to hunt. Big Bull Falls is my next target.  From the parking … Read more