Winter in the great Northwoods of Wisconsin is truly a magical sight to see and offers many activities to enjoy; but one you may have yet to think of is visiting frozen waterfalls. In every other season, rushing waterfalls attract thousands of visitors to take in the awe and wonder of the sights and sounds. In the winter though, the silence in the air and the stillness of those same waterfalls make for a more enchanting experience. Here are three frozen waterfalls to visit in Wisconsin this winter as you count down the days until warmer weather is here.
- Big Manitou Falls
Start off your frozen waterfall excursion BIG at Big Manitou Falls – the tallest waterfall in the state of Wisconsin. Located near Superior, this frozen 165-foot waterfall adventure is accessible to all ages and abilities with its short walk along a paved trail. The designated overlook was designed with safety – and selfies – in mind. Bring a group or just yourself and take in mother nature, frozen at her finest.
- Brownstone Falls
Copper Falls State Park, located in Mellen, WI, has three frozen waterfalls to view on your next waterfall adventure.. Brownstone Falls is the largest of the three. Although it is only a 30-foot waterfall, the surrounding red rock and forest make it seem much more grandeur. Brownstone Falls partially freezes, leaving a sight to see as frozen spray flows along the exterior. The surrounding Copper Falls State Park is great for skiing and snowshoeing so be sure to make this a day trip when you visit this spectacular frozen waterfall.
- Apostle Islands
Okay – so this one is kind of cheating; however, given their waterfall-like ice formations, we felt it necessary to include the Apostle Islands in this list. After all, if you haven’t seen the ice caves in the winter, what are you doing? The Apostle Island ice caves have become a bucket-list activity, but conditions have to be just right in order to make the trek across Lake Superior to see them. Read more about how and when to visit the Apostle Islands in winter here and start planning your frozen waterfall…err…ice cave…err…truly incredible winter wonderland adventure!
We all know summer in Northwest Wisconsin is amazing, but winter can be just as fun. Snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and snowshoeing are all very popular winter activities around here, but if that’s just not your jam, maybe frozen waterfalls are. So bundle up and get to exploring!