There are 52 waterfalls listed.. yet many more to discover.. my goal is to bring you as close to these falls as I am able in this series.
Upper Falls, Lower Falls, Snake Pit Falls & Now and Then Falls
This is Amnicon Falls State Park (fee/sticker needed)
This cache is setup with permission from Ranger/Manager William Eldred. Please thank the staff for allowing caches to be hidden within this park.
As you cross the covered bridge as you head towards the cache area.. you'll see Upper Falls to your left and the Lower Falls to your right and near the cache zone is Snake Pit Falls. Below is a brief tour of the island and surrounding area (all comments come from their 'Geology Walk' pamphlet - look for the tree-shaped numbered plaques)
#1 - This is the Upper Falls of the Amnicon River. The dark rock is basalt (solidified remnants of ancient lava flows)
#2 - A good view of the Lower Falls and the sandstone over which it flows. Millions of years ago great oceans covered much of Wisconsin.
#3 - At the left of the falls, behind the stairway, you can see the outstanding geologic feature of the park - the Douglas Fault.
#4 - Great glaciers moved across this area. Evidence of glacial erosion and deposition can be observed in several places in the park. Major rock types in the park are basalt and sandstone.. other rock varieties, especially if lare, were probably brought here by the glacier.
#5 - Examples of the layering of different lava flows and their colors
#6 - The best view of Snake Pit Falls is 25 feet ahead at the corner of the walk. It's a raging torrent during spring snowmelt.. just a trickle uring drought.
#7 - The ravine that has formed between you and the river is also the location of the fault.
#8 - Here at Amnicon Falls State Park is one of the few places where the Douglas Fault is exposed and can be studied. A deep plunge pool occurs at the base of the falls.
#9 - Now and Then Falls disappears during periods of low flow. This falls is located across the parking lot access road near the pit toilets.
Hope you enjoyed the history behind the area and the hunt. Enjoy!
~The Lil Otter
This is my very most favorite State Park in Wisconsin. Thanks Lil Otter for letting me adopt this cache. Whether I'm taking my Boy Scouts up o northern Minnesota, or heading there for a family vacation, we always stop at this park. The falls change with each passing season. Sometimes they're violent, sometimes they trickle...Rogheff