Door County, Wisconsin
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Forestville Dam: View Video
Latitude: 44.69319 Longitude: -87.49049
This dam which backs up Forestville Flowage from the Ahnapee River has a spillway like many others so I did not take a video of the spillway... what you see on the left is the intake structure which is unlike any I have ever seen. The water drops about 8 feet into 5 basins and then flows on out onto a spillway. While I was there a fish kept trying to jump up the 8 foot water drop (no chance, but it kept trying). It's worth a visit just to see this unique structure and if lucky see a fish trying to jump the 8 foot drop. From downtown Forestville go west on County Road J 0.33 miles and turn right on West Avenue (sometimes called Mill Road), then 0.31 miles to a parking lot on the left that is adjacent to the dam.
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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