Wisconsin rivers from the road

Wolf River


The Wolf River is 225 miles. It rises in the north woods of the state, in Forest County. The river then flows south to Lake Poygan and the city of Winneconne to empty into Lake Butte des Morts on the Fox River. It is one of the two National Scenic Rivers in Wisconsin, the other being the St. Croix. We'll head north to south.




A first-day-of-spring shot of the Little West Branch River near Hwy 47 just west of Neopit Pond. I labeled my photo from Camp 26 Rd., also called Matoon Rd., but my MapQuest I think calls it Wagon Bridge Road.

Neopit Mill Pond009

Looking eastward on the Neopit Pond from Hwy 47

The Neopit Pond is in southwest Menominee County and is fed by the Little West Branch of the Wolf River River which enters it from the western end and the West Branch of the Wolf River which enters on the northern side of the Neopit Pond. There is a dam at the eastern end of the Pond which creates the Pond. The West Branch of the Wolf flows out form there. The Menominee Tribal Enterprises is located on the northeast side, committed to the sustainable management of our forests and manufacturing of lumber and forest products.

Near Pearson



The Wolf River heading downstream under CH A (bottom arrow) southeast of Pearson (top arrow).

Near Lily


The town of Lily in Langlade County is marked by the blue and white pointer. Route 52 crosses the Wolf near it.


I spotted the Wolf River while on Hwy 52 and found this path down to get a better look.


A look downstream from the end of the path.


This is the bridge running over the Wolf carrying Hwy 52. So I got up on her.


Once on he bridge, you can get some super views of the Wolf River.

Near Hollister


We’re now just southeast of Lily near the town of Hollister, marked by the blue and white pointer, also in Langlade County. I recommend hooking a turn to the west on West Hollister Rd., then a right turn to the north on N. Burgert Lane. It ends where there are some rapids.


The rapids are not overwhelming, but they are beautiful and their sounds even better.


Scientists refer to the Wolf River watershed at the Wolf River Batholith. A batholith is a very large igneous (volcanic) rock intrusion extending deep in the earth's crust. This helps explain why there are so many surface rocks in the river, at least at this point.


Look at the clarity of the water. For former city folk, tis is quite a sight!

Keshena Falls


During this visit to Menominee County, I came across Keshena Falls, formed from the Wolf River. The Wolf flows southerly to join the Fox River above Lake Winnebago Pool Lakes. Almost all Menominee County lies within the Wolf River Basin. About 24 miles of the river flows through the county. Keshena Falls, in the southern portion of the county, has been designated a Wisconsin Heritage Tourism site. I loved it.


The falls are low, but quite pleasing and inviting. The Menominees called it, Nama’O Uskiwamut, “Sturgeon Spawning Place.” This area is steeped in Menominee tradition. Sturgeon in plentiful supplies used to come up the Wolf River to the falls and were a major food source for the Menominee.


Patrick J. Lisi has written a marvelous article entitled, "The joy of falling water," published in the April 2001 edition of
Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. They do not talk about things like Niagara Falls, but instead talk about Wisconsin's falls as "sensational cascades of wild, untamed water." Keshena Falls is a good example.




Near Stephensville


The blue-white marker locates Stephensville in Outagamie County. The yellow arrow points to the spot on CH S from which I took the next photo.


As a reminder, the Wolf River basin extends through 11 counties. The Wolf River flows in a southerly direction and joins the Upper Fox River just above the Lake Winnebago Pool lakes. This is a photo of the Wolf from the Wolf River boat landing, located on County S just northwest of Stephensville in Outagamie County. Looking away from the water, toward the road, but standing at the landing, this is what one sees on an early October day in Outagamie County, Wisconsin!