Shawano County, Wisconsin

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10-31-16
  Balsam Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.83581   Longitude: -88.62565
From downtown Shawano and the intersections of Route 22 and Route 47 go north on Route 47 for 3.74 miles and turn left onto Balsam Row Road; then in 0.25 miles turn left into the parking lot for Balsam Spillway.  In 100 yards you will arrive at the spillway.  Not much flow in the Wolf River in October... maybe in the spring it is more exciting. 

10-30-16
  Caroline Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.72238   Longitude: -88.89121
This is an interesting site but difficult to get pictures because the surroundings are all private property.  This view was taken from the River Street bridge over the Embarrass River.  The bridge is 2 blocks north of downtown Caroline... River Street is also County Road G.  Off to the right of this picture is another part of this spillway flowing to the north (see below).  Be careful taking pictures... there are no sidewalks on the bridge so you stand in the roadway!!! 

10-29-16
  Caroline Spillway North:  View Video
Latitude: 44.72263   Longitude: -88.89148
The "north" branch of this "combination" spillway is the prettiest... but it is difficult to get a good view because it is on private property (you can see the other part of this spillway in the background).  This picture was taken from the street (Netzel Street) just north of the property one block west of its intersection with River Street (County Road G). 

2017
Freeman Falls:
Freeman Falls is in North Central Shawano 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 picture shown at left is a satellite image of Freeman Falls, as seen from Google Earth.  Freeman Falls is a beautiful area on the Red River (some call it Monastery Falls, some Novitiate Falls, and some Alexian Falls... USGS maps show the official name as Freeman Falls).  Trespassing on the property is illegal and severe penalties can be assessed by the County Sheriff!  
(views of the falls are available on the web at www.americanwhitewater.org and also numerous posting on www.youtube.com... search for Monastery Falls on youtube to find several postings).
 

10-30-16
Gilmer Falls:  View Video
Gilmer Falls (some call it Ziemer's Falls but USGS maps call it Gilmer Falls) is in North Central Shawano 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. 

6-5-17
Gresham Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.84172   Longitude: -88.76162
This spillway is 1.5 miles SE of the town of Gresham... from downtown Gresham go south on County Road A (Main Street) to the south edge of town and turn left on Schabow Street (turns into Cherry Road); then 1.4 miles to left onto Lower Lake Road and Gresham Spillway will be on the left in 200 yards.  This spillway is in the Red River and creates Lower Red Lake.  There is a parking lot across the road from the spillway, which is used extensively as an access point to launch tubes and kayaks to run the Red River on downstream.

10-29-16
Hayman Falls:  View Video
Hayman Falls is in South Central Shawano 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. 

 


10-29-16
Hayman Rapids:  View Video
Hayman Rapids is in South Central Shawano 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. 

2017
  Little Bull Falls:
Little Bull Falls is in North Central Shawano 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.  (do not confuse this falls with another Little Bull Falls in Wood County).  The area is private and not accessible for viewing and thus we have no photographs or video.  Please honor owners privacy and do not try to access this site.   DO NOT TRESPASS! Trespassing charges are taken seriously by the County Sheriff. 

10-29-16
Pella Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.73956   Longitude: -88.80478
Another site on the Embarrass River.  From the town of Pella and County Road D go 0.18 miles south on Stony Hill Road to a parking lot on the right.  This spillway is just south of the parking lot.

 


10-29-16
Pella Spillway - North:  View Video
Latitude: 44.73969   Longitude: -88.80409
The Embarrass River splits just upstream from the Pella Spillway discussed above and drains thru a separate spillway just to the north.  From the parking lot mentioned above, walk across Stony Hill Road, down a path to a walkway bridge from which this picture was taken... an interesting fun area!

10-29-16
Shawano Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.77462   Longitude: -88.61994
From the center of Shawano, go south on Main Street (Route 47) from Green Bay Street (Route 22) for 6 blocks to right onto Oshkosh Street; then 8 blocks to the end of Oshkosh Street to a parking lot at a city park.  This spillway is one of many falls, rapids, and spillways in the Wolf River. 

 


10-29-16
Tilleda Falls Spillway:  View Video
Tilleda Falls Spillway is in West Central Shawano County.  Our Wisconsin Waterfalls Travel Guide provides detailed directions of where to find the spillway 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.  For information about this campground at this site take a look at http://www.tilledafalls.com/.  

6-5-17
  Tigerton Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.74191   Longitude: -88.05875
This spillway is in the town of Tigerton just 350 feet upstream from where Route 45 crosses over the Embarrass River.  The only view is from the Route 45 bridge because all property adjacent to the spillway is private.

6-5-17
  Tigerton Dells:  View Video
Latitude: 44.74462   Longitude: -89.04361
This beautiful rapids is in the 504 acre Embarrass River Campground & ATV Park one mile NE of downtown Tigerton.  The campground and ATV park is owned by the town of Tigerton and contains 45 campsites (many right along the Embarrass River), hiking trails, 30 miles of ATV trails with lots of turns and jumps where you can speed at your own risk, fishing, playground, restrooms, etc. all as better described via their website at www.tigertonwi.com

6-5-17
  Wittenberg Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.84107   Longitude: -89.15765
This spillway is one mile NE of the town of Wittenberg.  A historical marker at the site explains the history of the area.  The original settler (E. J. Homme) built a dam in 1879 across the Embarrass River to power a sawmill and created a lake behind the dam still known as Homme Pond.  Access to the area is limited because it is private and fenced... the photo at left and the video was taken over the top of the fence.  You could walk around the fence but it would be illegal.  There is a large parking area where you can park and read the historical marker.

      
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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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