Columbia County, Wisconsin

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Sites listed here without GPS coordinates are featured in our printed Travel Guide.  The guide includes GPS and has more detailed route instructions.

 


5-18-16
  Columbus Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.33727   Longitude: -89.01046
Highway 60 runs thru the middle of Columbus... go east on Route 60 4 blocks and turn left (north) on Campbell Street... go to the end of Campbell Street and turn left on a driveway to the spillway.  There is also a parking lot on the other side of the spillway but it is marked private so best not to go there.  Height of this spillway looks to be about 15 feet. 

5-18-16
  Date's Mill Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.63156   Longitude: -89.36846
Date's Mill is NE of Portage... from Portage go north 2.4 miles on Route 51 to Gunderson Drive, then take an immediate left onto County Road CX... go north on CX 3.4 miles and turn right (east) on Grotzke Road... go east on Grotzke (which turns into County Road T) 2.3 miles and turn right on County Road CM... follow County Road CM 3 miles and you will see the mill on your left.

5-18-16
Lazy Lake Spillway:  View Video
Lazy Lake Spillway is in Southeastern Columbia County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the spillway along with GPS coordinates of the site.  When needed the travel guide also provides parking availability information, walking trail details and other information about the site.

5-16-17
Lodi Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 43.31079   Longitude: -89.52616
On the south side of Lodi at the intersection of Routes 60 and 13 you will find a small series of rapids in Spring Creek... not real exciting but if in the area why not take a look.  The rapids are part of Lodi Veterans Memorial Park.  The Ice Age National Scenic Trail also runs through the park.

 


6-1-17
Lodi Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.31375   Longitude: -89.52566
Route 60 runs East-West through the center of Lodi and at the center of town in intersects with Route 113.  West of Route 113 Route 60 is on Lodi Street and east of Route 113 it is on Portage Street.  To find the spillway go east one block from the center of town on Portage Street and turn right onto Spring Street... in one-half block the spillway will be on your right.  Parking is available along the street.  If you look close at the video you will see another smaller spillway up river from the one shown here.

5-18-16
Taff Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.45582   Longitude: -89.27253
Taff Spillway is not what you would call exciting but if driving nearby why not take a look.  From the town of Rio go NW on Route 16 1.5 miles and turn left on Hagen Road... go south 0.56 miles and turn right on Genrich Road... the spillway is on your left 0.4 miles west on Genrich Road. 


2017

Wyona Lake Spillway:
Latitude: 43.49915   Longitude: -89.31488
The picture shown at left is a satellite image of Wyona Lake Spillways, as seen from Google Earth.  The Spillways are in the NW corner of Wyocena that drains Wyona Lake with a drop of about 8 feet.  The Lake is fed by the Middle Branch of Duck Creek.  Crawford Drive runs west off Route 22 on the north side of Wyocena toward the spillway, but you will encounter a Private Drive sign before getting to the spillway.  Access from the west side is also on private property.  As shown in the Google Earth image shown at left there are two spillways that drain into separate steams that join 150 yards downstream.  We attempted to obtain permission to access the property and take video but the owner declined.  The spillways are on private property and trespassing charges are taken seriously by the County Sheriff...  DO NOT TRESPASS!!!

      
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Links & Helpful Hints...
Before you visit a waterfall it is helpful to know the surrounding landscape... we use two free internet services to help.  www.topoquest.com provides free topo maps which can be enlarged and printed.  Access Topoquest and then click "find maps" on their website, put in GPS from our data (without the minus sign), click "search", then click on the first USGS map that has a DRG name, click on the map itself and select zoom level.  To navigate the area... if you want to look at an area left of the map, click on the left edge of the map, etc.  Below each map will be a listing of features shown on the map... a little work and you will learn their system (sometime clicking on the edge will not take you to an adjacent map).
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We also use Google Earth.  It is a free service you can download at https://www.google.com/earth/.  Like Topoquest, you put in GPS data (or city, or county and state) and it will "fly" you to the location requested. 
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There are lots of internet sites that list facts about Wisconsin... one of the best is the Wisconsin DNR site http://dnr.wi.gov/ which has all kinds of info.  Another good site is www.discoverwisconsin.com.

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