This is a map of the Wisconsin River from its source at Lac Vieux Desert to the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien. She is known as “The Nation’s Hardest Working River.” Schoepski.com says this:
“From its source at Lac Vieux Desert to the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, the Wisconsin River descends 1,071 feet in 430 miles. Twenty-six power dams utilize 640 feet of the fall of the river to produce an annual average of one billion kilowatt hours of electrical energy. The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, created after passage of state enabling legislation in 1907, operates a system of 21 reservoir dams in the upper valley designed to store water during high flow periods for use in the downstream power dams during periods of low flow. The reservoir system, in addition to enhancing power production, diminishes flood damage and enriches the recreational potential of the valley.”
I have not seen her all, but I have seen a lot. I will walk you down from the source all the way to Prairie du Chien and the Mississippi, given the stops I have made. I will be making more and will insert photos of those areas when I get them.
Because this is one each big river, I have broken her down into sections, some of which I have kayaked. Enjoy our Mighty One!