Polk County, Wisconsin

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Sites listed here without GPS coordinates are featured in our printed Travel Guide.  The guide includes GPS and has more detailed route instructions.

 


5-11-17
Amery Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 45.30886   Longitude: -92.35982
Amery Spillway is in downtown Amery.  As you go north into Amery on Route 46, just as you pass the center of town you will find Elm Street on your right... turn right and go one block... just off to the right is a parking lot at a picnic shelter pavilion adjoining the Apple River.  Walk to the pavilion and you will see the Spillway.  It's worth a stop... it's a beautiful area.

5-11-17
Buttermilk Falls:  View Video
Buttermilk Falls is in Southwestern Polk 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.  A difficult site to get to and be aware... there are black bears, ticks and poison oak in the area (we encountered them all)! 

5-11-17
Cascade Falls:  View Video
Cascade Falls is in Southwestern Polk 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.

 


9-20-16
Clam Falls Rapids:  View Video
Clam Falls Rapids is in Southwestern Polk County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the rapids 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.

6-24-16
Geiger Falls:  View Video
Geiger Falls is in Southwestern Polk 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.

6-24-16
Geiger Falls - Upper:  View Video
Buttermilk Falls is in Southwestern Polk 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
Little Falls:  View Video
Little Falls is in Southeastern Polk 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.

5-11-17
Pike Hole Rapids:  View Video
Pike Hole Rapids is in Southwestern Polk 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.  The official name is Pike Hole Rapids but it should probably be called a "falls".

5-11-17
Saint Croix Falls Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 45.41328   Longitude: -92.64725
As in many spillway, most of the water goes through the power plant and spillways do not overflow except in high water periods.  The only water we could find here was in the small sluiceway foreground.  The entire area is fenced by the power company so we could not get a close-up view anywhere!  To view this spillway go three block north on Route 95 from downtown Taylor Falls and turn right on River Street (Road)... go to the end of River Road to a parking lot and walk behind the gate to the spillway. 

 


6-24-16
Silverbrook Falls:  View Video
Buttermilk Falls is in Western Polk 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.

 


6-24-16
Taylors Falls:  View Video
Taylors Falls is in Western Polk 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 site goes by various names (Taylors Falls, Dalles of the St. Croix, St. Croix River Bridge Rapids, St. Croix River Gorge Rapids... take your pick).  Be careful... dangerous 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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