Waukesha 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.

 


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  Fowler Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.11735   Longitude: -88.49945
This very pretty 9 foot drop spillway is located on City Route 67 (Main Street) 0.42 miles north of Wisconsin Avenue in Oconomowoc.  The outfall from Fowler Lake drops into Lac La Belle.  You can park on Main Street 200 yards south of the spillway. 

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  Menomonee Falls - Lower:  View Video
Menomonee Falls - Lower is in Northeastern Waukesha 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.

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  Menomonee Falls - Upper:  View Video
Menomonee Falls - Upper is in Northeastern Waukesha 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.

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Menomonee Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 43.17859   Longitude: -88.11378
There are several rapids between Menomonee Falls Upper and Menomonee Falls Lower all reached by the paved path described above.  The rapids shown is the first one south of Menomonee Falls Upper. 
Some of the rapids can be reached by walking down into the gorge but some are not accessible, except from a distance.   

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Monterey Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.17217   Longitude: -88.49979
This unusual spillway does not have a normal outfall... it drains into the catch basin shown and then flows under a bridge to the outfall stream.  From the Route 16/67 bypass around Oconomowoc go north 1.28 miles on Route 67 and turn right on Mill Street... in 0.42 miles the spillway will be on your right.  This stream is the outfall from Ashippun Lake and flows into the Ashippun River. 

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Mukwonago Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 42.85661   Longitude: -88.33003
Exit I-43 at Mukwonago to Route 83 north and go 0.57 miles to a left on Front Street... immediately on your left you will see this 9 foot spillway.  There is a parking lot at this location but it is marked private by the local electric utility so you are on your own to find a parking place (we parked in the local police lot across the street).  

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Nagawicka Lake Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.06307   Longitude: -88.40262
This 4 foot spillway is in downtown Nagawicka... park in the post office parking lot on Genesee Street just north of downtown and walk across Genesee Street to a path that leads to this spillway in St. John's Park.  The spillway is outfall from Nagawicka Lake and drains into the Bark River.

 


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Okauchee Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 43.10875   Longitude: -88.45378
This 12 foot drop spillway is the outfall from Okauchee Lake which drains into Oconomowoc Lake.  The spillway is east of Oconomowoc... take Route 16 west 2 miles and exit Brown Street to the north... take an immediate right on County Road P... the spillway parking lot is on the left in 0.33 miles.  

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Saratoga Spillway:  View Video
Saratoga Spillway is in Central Waukesha 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.

 


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Saylesville Spillway:  View Video
Latitude: 42.94860   Longitude: -88.32368
This spillway is 0.13 miles west of Saylesville on Saylesville Road.  Outfall from the spillway drains into the Fox River about a mile downstream.  The spillway is on private property so be respectful if the entrance gate is open and you decide to trespass.  The water power at this site originally powered a flour mill built at this site in 1841. 

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Venice Park Rapids:  View Video
Latitude: 43.05938   Longitude: -88.42267
This rapids (total drop of about 4 feet) is on private property and can only be seen from the Mill Road bridge over the Bark River.  The only place we could find to park was on Delafield Road just east of Mill Road where there is a wide spot between the bike trail and Delafield Road.  In years past there was a dam at this point which has been removed.  

      
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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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