Trempealeau County, Wisconsin

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8-2-17
  Eleva Pond Spillway:  View Video
Eleva Pond Spillway is in Northern Trempealeau 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.

 



12-9-15
 
Independence Dam Spillway:
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Latitude: 44.35817   Longitude: -91.41997
This spillway drops into the Trempealeau River from Bugle Lake.  The dam is just North of downtown Independence, Wisconsin.  From the intersection of State Highway 93 and 1st Street in downtown Independence travel North on Highway 93 0.17 miles and turn right on Cedar Street, travel 150 feet on Cedar Street and turn right into the Post Office parking lot... park in the back SE corner of the Post Office parking lot, which will put you on the bank of the Trempealeau River where you can see the photo on the left. 


12-9-15
 
Lake Henry Dam Spillway:
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Latitude: 44.29950   Longitude: -91.23334
This spillway drops into the Trempealeau River from Lake Henry.  The dam is just north of downtown Blair, Wisconsin.  From the center of downtown Blair (intersection of Highway 95, which is Spring Street, and Broadway Street) travel North on Highway 95 0.35 miles to the spillway.  There is a small (very small) parking area on the North side of Highway 95 (just South of the dam).  The photo shown was taken from that parking area.  There is another road along the North side of the dam but you would have to be on private property to get a good view.  If you look close at the photo you will see that water flows over the spillway without ripples until it reaches the bottom of the fall; so the drop is higher that it first appears from the photo.
 


12-9-15
 
Marinuka Lake Spillway: 
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Marinuka Lake Spillway is in Southern Trempealeau 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.
 

12-9-15

Pigeon Falls Spillway: 
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Latitude: 44.42687   Longitude: -91.21176
This spillway is quite unexciting but they can't all be beautiful.  We are told there is a nice rapids just downstream from here but it is bordered by private property so no views are available.  The spillway is just North of downtown Pigeon Falls... from the intersections of U. S. Highway 53 and State Highway 121 go 200 feet North and turn left into Ol' Mill Park parking lot adjacent to the spillway.  A placard in the park explains that the first dam here was built in 1867, replaced in 1930 and again in 2000.  The stream above and below this spillway is Pigeon Creek.


 

12-9-15
Strum Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 44.55482   Longitude: -91.39275
Strum Lake is fed by the Buffalo River and Johnson Valley Creek and flows out as the Buffalo River.  This very wide spillway flows out below the County Highway V bridge and it has a small rapids below the spillway.  The spillway is located just North of Sturm, Wisconsin on Highway V 0.34 miles North of downtown Sturm and 0.1 miles South of U. S. Highway 10.  There is an entrance to a Park just North of the bridge which provides a nice view of the spillway.  Also in the Park is a footbridge across the Buffalo River, a few yards downstream, that also provides a nice 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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