May 14, 2011
On our return to Wausau from Duluth, MN, we stopped off at Amnicom Falls State Park, really not knowing what to expect. We were startled by its beauty, its upkeep, and the visitor-friendly way it was laid out. About 500 million years ago, there was a tremendous fracturing and movement of the basalt bedrock. The crack, called the Douglas Fault, extends from east of Ashland, Wisconsin, to near the Minnesota Twin Cities. The park is a “must visit” in my book.
For our purposes here, the Amnicom River flows from the south to the northwest.
This is the upper falls just above a covered crossing bridge. It is among the first things you spot when you enter the park by foot from the nearby parking lot. I was surprised and thankful to see that the park authorities allowed quite free access to the entire area. People are allowed to wade in the water below the falls, though on this day it looks a little dicey. I have seen other photos of the falls and they are a “trickle” compared to this.
Another view. The day we were there, in late August, the water was smokin’ through.
Just downstream a bit from the Upper Falls is this covered bridge. You can walk across to the other side and get some great shots from the middle of the bridge. At the bottom of the photo is the beginning of the lower falls.
A view of the bridge from another angle, after we crossed.
So now I have a confession. I got so crazy taking photos of the multiple falls we spotted the day we were there that I lost track of which one I was shooting. It is hard to compare my photos to others I have found on the web that are identified because, as I said, the day we visited the water was flowing like there was no tomorrow.
In any event, enjoy the photos and if I feel brave, I might take a guess at one or two.
I think this is the lower falls looking at it as it flows downstream.
Hanging way out on the limb, I think this is the Snake Pit Falls.
Okay, now I surrender. Just enjoy the photos.
I was not the most studious Boy Scout, so I cannot explain some of the natural beauty surrounding the park very well, but my eyes are good enough to appreciate that beauty nonetheless. My wife was an art school teacher, and she urges budding artists to give a try at painting some of what you’ll see. Students of geography, geology and vegetation growth can have your hand at explaining how some of this even happened!
Believe me, this park is worth a visit.