Wisconsin December 09, 2016
12 Gorgeous Frozen Waterfalls In Wisconsin That Must Be Seen To Be Believed
It may have taken a little longer than we’re used to, but winter is upon us here in Wisconsin. But instead of hibernating and cursing the cold, may we suggest heading out to find some of the amazing natural beauty to be found all over the state?
Waterfalls are one of the coolest looking things nature does, but they’re just as awesome looking in the middle of the freeze, where some of the water is still running.
1. Tripp Falls Ravine - Menomonie
Tthis ravine is a great hike in the summer and the falls are just part of a gentle stream.
But in the winter they create an amazing landscape along the cliff faces.
2. Long Slide Falls - Niagara
As the name implies, this falls travels about 50 feet through the rocks. The terrain creates some amazing frozen falls.
3. Stephens Falls - Dodgeville
Located in Governor Dodge State Park, these falls are formed from a nearby natural spring.
The steep face creates amazing formations as the water freezes.
4. Big Manitou Falls - Superior
The state's tallest waterfall at 165 feet, Big Manitou's waters tumble into the Black River. The steep fall creates gorgeous views.
5. Little Manitou Falls - Superior
The Black River's current creates amazing spray. The resulting frozen falls are very cool.
6. Hyde's Mill - Ridgeway
This is an 1850s mill on a stone dam with a wooden waterwheel. It's not a tall waterfall, but the clean edge creates an unusual frozen look.
7. Sauk Creek - Port Washington
The layers of rock below the creek changes the water flow and the partial freeze creates interesting looks.
8. Granite Falls - Montello
There are actually four different waterfalls within Daggett Park.
These four falls are part of an old, historic granite quarry.
The water at the bottom stays warmer longer, creating a situation where the top layer is frozen, but there's still water running underneath.
9. Wequiock Falls - Green Bay
These falls can actually sometimes dry up in the dry season but in the winter, the creek creates gorgeous frozen falls.
10. Parfrey's Glen - Merrimac
Actually the state's first natural area, this is now part of Devil's Lake State Park. The area is constantly changing due to flooding. The walls are made of sandstone and quartzite and their pebbled texture helps create a breathtaking winter scene.
11. Fonferek's Glen - Green Bay
One of the easiest to access, this waterfall can be viewed with just a 100 yard walk from the parking lot. The water goes over a dolomite cliff. In summer, the flow is more sparse than a full curtain, but in winter, it builds up in to an impressive size.
12. Apostle Islands - Bayfield
It's probably cheating a bit to use the Apostle Islands. There's no technical waterfall. Most people have seen the amazing ice caves that form in the area on Lake Superior.
But there are also amazing areas that look like running water frozen in time.
The pictures themselves are pretty awe-inspiring, but this video is truly breathtaking.
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