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Lakes, Rivers, & Waterfalls in Wisconsin
Take in the Views of Wisconsin
Wisconsin is a land of many lakes, rivers, and beautiful waterfalls. Big Manitou is the tallest falls in the Badger State, but some impressive favorites include the Lower Potato Falls and Willow Falls. Located in Pattison State Park near Lake Superior, Big Manitou Falls is the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. It measures 165 feet high and just upstream offers a smaller version at 31 feet high, called Little Manitou Falls.
If water sports are your thing, Lake Mendota is the largest lake in Madison, offering year-round water activities. The lake features 10 boat landings and seven beaches available for public use, including Tenney park Beach and Memorial Union Beach.
During your visit to Wisconsin, don't miss your chance to explore and experience Lake Arbutus. Located just north of Black River Falls, this 774-acre lake offers plenty places to go boating and fishing, and is known for its impressive hauls of walleye, catfish, musky, and smallmouth bass.
While in Black River Falls, you will also want to spend some time at the Lake Wazee Recreation Area. In the Ho-Chunk native language, "wazee" translates to "tall pine". This man-made lake embodies that with rows of tall pines lining the shores. Because of its deep and clear water, Wazee Lake Recreation Area is the premier SCUBA diving spot in the area.
Don't miss your chance to explore and experience Lake Arbutus during your next visit to Wisconsin. Head for Hatfield, found just north of Black River Falls in southern Wisconsin, and check out this exceptional lake. Lake Arbutus is most easily accessed from West Clay School Road. Spread across Lake Arbutus and its 774 acres of pristine southern Wisconsin water, you'll find plenty of boating and fishing chances. Many anglers land impressive hauls of walleye, catfish, musky, and smallmouth bass. There are five boat landings at Lark Arbutus, and two beaches, ideal for a summertime visit. Hatfield, Wisconsin
The largest lake in Madison, Lake Mendota's shores border many principal areas in the Madison area, including downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Given the lake's impressive surface area, water recreation is a popular activity year round among visitors and residents alike.
Further outdoor recreation is found along the shores of Lake Mendota, specifically at sites like James Madison Park and Governor Nelson Park. The lake features 10 boat landings and seven beaches available for public use, including Tenney park Beach and Memorial Union Beach.
Lake Wazee Recreation Area
Map out your next visit to Wisconsin and head for the southern region. You'll want to make the most of your stay in Black River Falls, one of the most charming and eclectic cities in the region. Once there, head out for a fun day of aquatic adventures at Wazee Lake Recreation Area.
In the Ho-Chunk native language, "wazee" translates to "tall pine" – this man made lake tries to embody that with rows of tall pines lining the shores. Because of it's deep and clear water – up to 355 feet deep in some parts – Wazee Lake Recreation Area is the premier SCUBA diving spot in the area.
Little Manitou Falls
Located in Pattison State Park, Little Manitou Falls is found upstream from Big Manitou Falls near Superior. They are one of the 60 waterfalls along and near Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake. Visit the Falls for a great up-close view of the water cascading over the edge.
While in Northern Wisconsin, visit the 1,400-acre Pattison State Park to gaze at the Black River falling 31 feet over Little Manitou Falls. The Falls can be reached by a short hike along the Little Manitou Falls Trail. Take a break in one of the park's picnic areas and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Rice Lake is a popular spring and summer destination for anglers and boating enthusiasts. Found in the city by the same name, Rice Lake is just off of Highway 53 in northwestern Wisconsin.