Crawford County, Wisconsin
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Gays Mills Spillway: View Video
Latitude: 43.31971 Longitude: -90.85157
Crawford is probably the apple capital of Wisconsin (area orchards produce apples nationally known for their color and flavor) but the county does not have an abundance of waterfalls and rapids... in fact, we couldn't find any! The spillway shown is in the Kickapoo River on the western side of Gays Mills on Route 171. This small town of 600 residents multiplies many times over during the Apple Festival, which annually attracts more than 20,000 attendees.
p.s. The apple pies you will find there are fantastic!!!
We regret that we have not been able to find additional waterfalls, rapids or spillways in Crawford County... please, if anyone has details about a waterfall, rapid or spillway that we have not documented, please contact us so it/they can be included.
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).
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.
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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