Northern Wisconsin Waterfalls

Northern Wisconsin Bond Falls

Here is some interesting trivia about northern Wisconsin’s waterfalls:

Q: How many waterfalls are in Wisconsin?

A: 62+

Q: Which is Wisconsin’s highest waterfall?

A: 165-foot high Big Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park in northwestern Wisconsin.

Q: Are there other waterfalls similar in size to Big Manitou Falls?

A: Big Manitou is definitely the highest. Here is a list of Wisconsin’s ten highest and the counties in which they are located:

  1. Big Manitou Falls (Douglas County) = 165 ft
  2. Morgan Falls (Ashland County) = 80-100 ft
  3. Superior Falls (Iron County) = 90 ft
  4. Potato Falls (Iron County) = 90 ft
  5. Saxon Falls (Iron County) = 90 ft
  6. Copper Falls (Ashland County) = 40 ft
  7. Peterson Falls (Iron County) = 35 ft
  8. Brownstone Falls (Ashland County) = 30 ft
  9. Little Manitou Falls (Douglas County) = 30 ft
  10. Foster Falls (Iron County) = 25 ft

Q: What northern Wisconsin county calls itself “Wisconsin’s Waterfall Capital?”

A: With more than 14 cascades, Marinette County in northeastern Wisconsin is the state’s waterfall capital. Some of the county’s waterfalls are actively flowing year round while others remain frozen and silent until the spring thaw.

Q: Is there a recommended tour or way to see the Marinette County waterfalls?

A: If you have a full day you can see many of the falls, including: Veteran’s Falls, McClintock Falls, Strong Falls, Twelve Foot Falls, Eight Foot Falls, Eighteen Foot Falls, Long Slide Falls, Smalley Falls, Bull Falls, Dave’s Falls, Pier’s Gorge and Pemene Falls. For directions and tips check out the Marinette County Waterfalls Tour.

[Image: Courtesy of Mike Crowley; available for sale at his website Life in the Northwoods]

About the Author

Ray Smith is an author, lecturer, creative director and Senior Associate at Creative Brilliance, a full-service advertising and marketing communications company. He has been involved with northern Wisconsin tourism promotion and economic development for more than 20 years.

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