Willow Falls

I really enjoyed sitting and watching the activity at. Willow Falls, located in Willow River State Park, in Hudson, WI. In 1924 a dam was built here which diverted all the water from the main falls and drowned the upper drops. In 1992 the dam was removed, restoring the falls. It also restored the impressive gorge. There are still some remnants of the old dam, such as the main pipe through which the water was once diverted, but for the most part the area has been returned to its natural state.

Most entertaining was a barefoot young man who crossed the falls back and forth a couple of times. Once a lifeguard, always a lifeguard, I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He slipped a couple of times, but never fell. I wondered why he would do this. Finally he climbed out of eyesight so I took this as a good time to start my hike out up a very steep trail. Much to my surprise, the young man overtook me on the trail as he ran up, now wearing running shoes, leaving me in a cloud of dust. Perhaps all the falls traversing was in training for an Ironman event.

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