Jefferson County, Wisconsin

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  Blue Spring Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 42.85778   Longitude: -88.60906
This spillway is on private property and you can only get a glimpse of it thru the trees and brush... which is a shame; because of what you can see it is a beautiful cascading spillway.  The spillway is 1.87 miles southwest of Palmyra on County Road H (also called Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive) and 125 yards north of Lowland Drive. 

6-7-16
  Cushman Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 42.96044   Longitude: -88.67097
From the town of Rome go west on Main Street... Main Street turns into County Road Y... go west 1.78 miles and turn south on Cushman Road.  In 1.34 miles Cushman Road will jog left over a bridge over the Bark River... Cushman Rapids is just north of the bridge.  Not a very exciting rapids but if in the area, why not take a look. 

6-7-16
  Jefferson Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.00322   Longitude: -88.81001
Route 18 runs east-west thru the center of Jefferson on Racine Street... just east of the Rock River go south on Main Street 3 blocks and turn right on Linden Drive which will take you to the river in 2 blocks to view the spillway (or go south on Copeland Avenue just west of the bridge one block, turn left on Milwaukee Street to its end and turn right into a public parking lot, and walk south to the river... which is where this picture was taken). 

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Rome Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 42.98184   Longitude: -88.62804
The center of Rome is Main Street and Jefferson... from that intersection go east on Main Street 2 blocks and turn north on the extension of Water Street to its end and a parking lot.  Walk north along the stream to a walkway over the stream to see the 9 foot drop spillway that drains into the Bark River.  

6-7-16
Spring Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 42.88115   Longitude: -88.58282
This 10 foot spillway may be on private property so be respectful of the owners if you visit. On the north side of Palmyra on Main Street there is an overflow lot adjacent to a service station and Subway Shop in which you can park.  Walk across Mill Road to the north and you will see the spillway fence west of the residence. 

2016
Spring Lake Spillway - Upper:
Latitude: 42.88485   Longitude: -88.55749
This spillway is on private property so be respectful of the owners and do not trespass.  This spillway is 1.5 miles NE of Palmyra on County Road H.  The view shown on the left is from Google Earth maps.
Trespassing charges are taken seriously by the County Sheriff... DO NOT TRESPASS!

7-4-16
Tivoli Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.18553   Longitude: -88.70551
This 12 foot spillway is in southeast Watertown... from downtown Watertown go east on Main Street (Route 16) 1 mile, cross the Rock River and turn right on Water Street... in 1 block turn right on Mill Street, then left on Front Street... spillway is on the right at the end of Front Street.  There is another spillway in Watertown 3 blocks south of downtown but most flow goes thru a power plant and seldom flows over the spillway. 

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Watertown Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.19192   Longitude: -88.72575
This 12 foot spillway is in downtown Watertown... from downtown Watertown (the intersection of Routes 19 and 26) go two blocks east and turn south on S. Water Street... in three blocks find a place to park and walk toward the river and to the boardwalk behind the River Mill Senior Residences.  From the boardwalk you will have an excellent view of the spillway.

 

 

 

      
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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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