Washburn 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.

 


8-22-16
Birch Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 45.65987   Longitude: -91.55791
This spillway is just north of the town of Birchwood.  The spillway drains Birch Lake into Balsam Lake, which drains into Red Cedar Lake, which drains into the Red Cedar River.  In Birchwood from Rte 8 and Main Street go north on Main Street which curves left onto Euclid Avenue and in 0.1 mile turn right into parking lot labeled Birch Lake Public Access. 






 

2017
Buck Falls:
Buck Falls is a rambling drop of 12 to 15 feet on the Totagatic River in the northeast corner of Washburn County.  There is a gravel road called Duck Pond that runs westerly from Route 27 9.8 miles north of Hayward... Duck Pond Road turns into Wozny Road just before it reaches the Totagatic River (about 2.5 miles from Route 27)... that is the put in point for many kayak runs down the Totagatic River.  Buck Falls is 2.5 miles downriver from the put in point.  Photos we have seen of the falls show it to be a raging torrent of white water over a length of about 50 feet.  The falls is deep in the forest and quite unreachable via any foot trail... to see it you need to be in a kayak.

9-20-16
Colton Rapids:  View Video
Colton Rapid is in Northeastern Washburn 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
High Falls:
HIgh Falls is a cascading drop of 16 to 20 feet on the Totagatic River in the northeast corner of Washburn County.  There is a gravel road called Duck Pond that runs westerly from Route 27 9.8 miles north of Hayward... Duck Pond Road turns into Wozny Road just before it reaches the Totagatic River (about 2.5 miles from Route 27)... that is the put in point for many kayak runs down the Totagatic River.  High Falls is 1.5 miles downriver from the put in point.  Photos we have seen of the falls show it to be a raging torrent of white water over a length of about 70 feet.  The falls is deep in the forest and quite unreachable via any foot trail... to see it you need to be in a kayak.

9-16-16
Wozny Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 46.13006   Longitude: -91.55799
This rapids and spillway is northwest of Hayward in the Totagatic River (some people call this Duck Pond Dam).  From the north side of Hayward go west 3.6 miles on Route 27 from Route 63; then turn right to follow Route 27 north for another 6.54 miles to Duck Pond Road (street sign was down when we were there); turn left onto Duck Pond Road and follow it 2.5 miles (the road turns into Wozny Road just before the bridge) to a parking lot on the left just before the bridge.

      
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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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