Juneau County, Wisconsin

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2017
Big Lake Spillway:
Latitude: 44.18608   Longitude: -90.29636
The picture shown at left is a satellite image of Big Lake and its Spillway, as seen from Google Earth. This spillway, just north of the town of Mather drains into the West Branch of Beaver Creek.  The spillway is actually a culvert under a private road with an outfall drop of about 6 foot.  The road is on private property and trespassing charges are taken seriously by the County Sheriff... DO NOT TRESPASS!

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Decorah Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.79720   Longitude: -90.06961
Decorah Lake Spillway is in the northeast part of downtown Mauston on the Lemonweir River at the intersection of Routes 82 and 58 and County Road G.  Good access is available on both sides of the river for photography. 

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Eagle Nest Dam Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 44.07223   Longitude: -90.28700
334 yards downstream from Eagle Nest Spillway is a small dam that was created to divert water to a cranberry bog. The area below the dam has significant rapids that are quite interesting but there is no way to photograph them except from County Road H.  The entire area is heavily marked with "do not enter" and "no trespassing" signs along with big fences and locked gates to prohibit entry to the area.  To see the rapids, instead of turning into the road that goes to Eagle Nest Spillway, continue northwest on County Road "H" 300 yards and you can get a glimpse of the rapids thru the trees.  

2-27-16
  Eagle Nest Spillway:
Latitude: 44.07278   Longitude: -90.27692
Eagle Nest Spillway is northwest of Necedah.  Go 11.72 miles west of Necedah on Route 21 to County Road H, turn north on H and go 4.11 to a road that goes off to the right (the road is marked "Eagle Nest Resort").  In 0.3 of a mile the spillway will be on your left.  Unless you are in a boat you cannot get a video of this spillway because as you can see from the picture at left the entire area is fenced and marked private.  The backwater from this spillway creates Eagle Nest Flowage which is the accumulation of several streams... the major ones being Beaver Creek and Silver Creek.  Below the spillway the stream is called Beaver Creek.

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  Necedah Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.02686   Longitude: -90.07201
This spillway in the Yellow River is on the east side of Necedah.  There are roads on both sides of the stream that provide excellent access for photography from either side.  These are some minor rapids a hundred yards below the spillway.  The water in this river is quite "dark", thus the name Yellow River... apparently from "tannin" stain in the water... with bright sun from the south on the "brownish" water it makes a beautiful site.

2-27-16
New Lisbon Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.88028   Longitude: -90.16306
This spillway on the Lemonweir River is in the northeast corner of New Lisbon on County Road "A".  There is a park area on both side of the river from which you can photograph the spillway and stream. 

      
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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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