Douglas County, Wisconsin

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7-19-17
  Amnicon Falls - Lower:  View Video
Amnicon Falls - Lower is in Northern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

7-19-17
Amnicon Falls - Upper:  View Video
Amnicon Falls - Upper is in Northern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

7-19-17
Big Manitou Falls:  View Video
Big Manitou Falls is in Northwestern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

2017
Big Twin Rapids:
Latitude: 46.46889   Longitude: -91.60756
As shown on the Google Earth aerial picture at left these rapids are just west of Route 27 about 6 miles south of Brule... Cedar Island Road runs between Route 27 and the Bois Brule River and an unnamed road is to the west of the River.  We have not been to either Little Twin of Big Twin Rapids.  Based on information shown on USGS maps it appears the river drops a total of about 30 feet from above Big Twin to below Little Twin.  Also, USGS maps show another rapids called "The Falls Rapids" just upstream and joining with Big Twin Rapids.  We hope to determine more information about these two (or three) rapids next year; and determine if they are accessible.

2017
Brule Spillway:
Latitude: 46.69663   Longitude: -91.60280

We have not yet made the walk to Brule Spillway... we hope to get there next year.  From the town of Brule go north on County Road H for 8.6 miles to left onto Route 13; then 0.9 miles on Route 13 to right onto Loveland Road... one mile north on Loveland Road you will encounter a gate across the road as shown on the aerial view at left... any further progress will require walking.  According to the aerial view the road goes on another 0.93 miles past the gate to Brule Spillway.  We have no further information about Brule Spillway at this time.

2017
Buckley Falls:
Buckley Falls is in Southwestern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

10-3-16
Co-op Park Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 46.61054  Longitude: -91.58368
There is a nice campground here but there are minimal rapids.  From Brule go north 4.3 miles on County Road H to left on Park Road; then 0.44 miles to a bridge over the Bois Brule River.  The picture at left was taken from the bridge looking upstream. 

2017
Copper Creek Falls:
Copper Creek Falls is in Northwestern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

10-3-16
Doodlebug Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 46.54153   Longitude: -91.58925
Another rapids in the Bois Brule River.  From Brule go south 0.5 miles on Ranger Road to a pull-off alongside Ranger Road to get a view of Doodlebug Rapids from above the river bank.  There is a high river bank here... we could not find a way to get down to river level.  Don't waste a lot of time chasing this one... again, its not a significant rapids.

10-3-16
Gordon Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 46.25405   Longitude: -91.92740
This spillway drains the Saint Croix Flowage into the Saint Croix River (at that point called the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway).  From Gordon go west 6.5 miles from Route 53 on County Road Y which leads to a parking lot on the right adjacent to the spillway.

2017
Hall Rapids:
Latitude: 46.52657   Longitude: -91.60859
Another rapids in the Bois Brule River.  We have not tried to reach this rapids because it appears to be surrounded by private property and it is not a major rapids... USGS maps show the total stream drop in the area to be approximately 4 or 5 feet.  The rapids is upstream from the town of Brule about 2.8 miles.

10-3-16
Lenroot Ledges:  View Video
Latitude: 46.63284   Longitude: -91.59754
From Brule go north 5.7 miles on County Road H to left on County Road FF; then 1.17 miles to a bridge over the Bois Brule River (there is a parking lot just past the bridge on the left).  The photo at left is looking upriver (under the bridge) from just downstream of the bridge.  There are major rapids upstream but the area is on private property and not accessible. 

10-3-16
Little Joe Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 46.53687   Longitude: -91.59569
Another rapids in the Bois Brule River.  From Brule go south 1.25 miles on Ranger Road to the Ranger Station and park in their parking lot; then walk 100 yards northwest from the Ranger Station on a path to the river.  The path will take you all the way to the rivers edge.  This is not a significant rapids but it is easy to get to and provides a nice serene view.

7-19-17
Little Manitou Falls:  View Video
Little Manitou Falls is in Northwestern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

2017
  Little Twin Rapids:
Latitude: 46.47339   Longitude: -91.60356
As shown on the Google Earth aerial picture at left these rapids are just west of Route 27 about 6 miles south of Brule... Cedar Island Road runs between Route 27 and the Bois Brule River and an unnamed road is to the west of the River.  We have not been to either Little Twin of Big Twin Rapids.  Based on information shown on USGS maps it appears the river drops a total of about 30 feet from above Big Twin to below Little Twin.  Also, USGS maps show another rapids called "The Falls Rapids" just upstream and joining with Big Twin Rapids.  We hope to determine more information about these two (or three) rapids next year; and determine if they are accessible.

10-3-16
 
Long Nebagamon Rapids
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Latitude: 46.53618   Longitude: -91.59787
Another rapids in the Bois Brule River.  From Brule go south 1.25 miles on Ranger Road to the Ranger Station and park in their parking lot; then walk 200 yards upstream on a pathway (has numerous rock steps) to get a view of the rapids.  

10-3-16
  Long Riffles:  View Video
Latitude: 46.72318  Longitude: -91.59894
From Brule go north 8.7 miles on County Road H to where it becomes Route 13... go straight at that point another 2.5 miles to left on Brule River Road; then 1.9 miles to a fishing parking lot on the left; then make your way down to the Bois Brule River on a difficult minimal path to get the picture at left.  Again, like other rapids in the Bois Brule River this is not a significant rapids.

10-3-16
  Lyman Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 46.46151   Longitude: -91.96586
From Solon Springs on Route 53 go north 6.9 miles on Route 53
to left on County Road L; then travel 7.6 miles to a bridge over the Amnicon River (there is a parking area just before the bridge on the left).  Walk across the road to the east and you will find an ATV trail that leads to the spillway.
     

10-3-16
  Mays Ledges:  View Video
Mays Ledges is in Northeastern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

This is a rapids you don't want to miss.  Maus Ledges rapids is 6.2 miles North Northwest of Brule.  There are parking lots near the rapids.  From the parking lot there is a nice path (about 60 wooded steps) to the Bois Brule River.  There are many more rapids both upstream and downstream so walk the area. 


7-19-17
  Moose River Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 46.26041   Longitude: -91.97010
Another
minimal rapids but we were on the road for another site so we stopped to take a look.   From the town of Moose Junction on Route 35 go east on County Road M for 10 miles and turn right onto S. Mail Road; then follow S. Mail Road for 2.55 miles to a bridge over the Moose River... the rapids can be seen upstream from the bridge.

7-19-17
  Now and Then Falls:  View Video
Now and Then Falls is in NorthernDouglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

2017
Shale Falls:
Shale Falls is in Northeastern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

7-19-17
Snake Pit Falls:  View Video
Snake Pit Falls is in Northern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

7-19-17
Snake Pit Falls - Upper:  View Video
Snake Pit Falls - Upper is in Northern Douglas County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the falls 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.

10-3-16
Town Park Road Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 46.67445   Longitude: -91.59404
From Brule go north 8.7 miles on County Road H to where it intersects Route 13 and turn left (west) at that point to follow Route 13; then travel 1.56 miles to left on Town Park Road; then take Town Park Road 0.33 miles to its end.  There is a parking area at that point adjacent to the Bois Brule River.  As the picture shows this is not a significant rapids.

2017
Williamson Rapids:
Latitude: 46.51977   Longitude: -91.60506
Another rapids in the Bois Brule River.  Williamson Rapids is upstream from Hall Rapids about 0.55 miles and as shown on the aerial photo at left is just northwest of the County B and S. Congdon Road intersection.  Again we have not tried to reach this rapids because it appears to be surrounded by private property.  And, USGS maps show only a minimum drop in the area.

      
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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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