Running water – the great white north

The glaciers left lots of material piled up in Wisconsin, as well as plenty of water to move it around.  What that gives the state is lots of places where water doesn’t run smoothly, where it leaps over rocks and outcroppings to create rapids and falls.  We stopped last week to take a look at a couple of these.

The first one has a story behind it, one that connects the Native Americans who live here with the land including the falls.  You can read a summary of the story here:  http://wisconsinhistoricalmarkers.blogspot.com/2014/07/keshena-falls-menominee.html

The 18 Foot Falls are a good example of how the glaciers piled up material and then found a weak spot for the melt to flow through.  I couldn’t tell if the 18 feet was the drop of the falls or the distance it ran but either way it was a great spot in the winter.

 

Kashena Falls, Menominee Indian Reservation, Wisconsin

Kashena Falls, Menominee Indian Reservation, Wisconsin

18 Foot Falls - lower section

18 Foot Falls – lower section

18 Foot Falls - Upper section

18 Foot Falls – Upper section

This is the time of year to start planning your waterfall viewing trips.  The melting snow really enhances the experience.  Here’s what Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite looks like with melting snow:

And this is without snowmelt:

 

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