Wisconsin rivers from the road and sometimes kayak

Tomorrow - Waupaca River

Now here is a river. The Tomorrow River is a branch of the Waupaca River and a tributary of the Wolf River, and is called by some the Tomorrow-Waupaca River. She rises near Polonia in northeast Portage County and flows to Amherst in Waupaca County, joins Bear Creek and becomes the Waupaca River. Rivers normally do not change names like this, but this one did.

Nelsonville to Amherst

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Nelsonville is just north of Amherst in eastern Portage County. I was searching for the Tomorrow River, which my kayak guide book said was lots of fun to paddle because it was so narrow. This is a very small town, in the 2010 census numbering a population of 155.


The Nelsonville Mill, also known as the Red Star Mill, is one of the oldest mills in Wisconsin and the last of its kind in Portage County. The mill was built by Jerome Nelson in 1868. It is on the Tomorrow River.

A look upstream the Tomorrow River.

A look downstream.


This is Mill Pond formed by the Amherst - Mill Pond Dam close to Mill St. in downtown Amherst. Once the Tomorrow flows through the dam it is called the Waupaca River, a tributary of the Wolf River. The Tomorrow River is very hard to see in this shot, but it is roughly at center photo. Let me zoom in on that point.


You can see her a little better now.


On the backside of the dam is the Amherst - Mill Pond. On the front side is the Waupaca River, a continuation of the Tomorrow.




The calm from Riverview Park on the Waupaca River in downtown Waupaca.



South Park is one of Waupaca's most developed parks. It is located between Mirror and Shadow Lakes at the south end of Main Street in Waupaca.