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Lower Dells Boat Tour – Wisconsin Dells


6-17-15

After our Upper Dells Boat Tour, it was time for the Lower Dells. It begins at the place where we caught the shuttle earlier. We were on the 2:30 tour on the Chief.  This tour is about 1/2 hour-long. The Upper Dells tour is just over 2 hours.

Dells  Boat Tour ticket Office

Dells Boat Tour Schedule 2015

Waiting area before coming aboard, we are ready for part 2 of our adventure!

Lower Dells Boat Tour entry WM

The landing, time to get aboard!

Lower Dells Boat Landing WM

Lower Dells Boat Landing  WM

We are on our way, the dam is on our left. It separates the Upper and Lower Dells.

Lower Dells Boat Tour launch in Dells WM

We soon reach the area of the rock formations and this is the first one, Cow in the Milk Bottle. And the whole rock face.

Cow in Milk Bottle Rock Face WM

Cow in the Milk Bottle Rock at Lower Dells WG

Shortly after this we were shown the last known “rafter’s hook”. A man would drift down the river on a raft of logs to be sold further downstream. He lived on this log raft and when he needed a rest,  he would tie up to this hook to keep stationary.

Rafters Hook inset at Lower Dells WM

 

Here are a couple of rafter photos from back then.

Rafter on WI River H.H. Bennett 1886

Next we saw the Baby Grand Piano rock structure. It sure looks like one! It’s the lower rock on the right.

Baby Grand Piano rock in Lower Dells WM

 We didn’t just see great rock structures, we also saw development along the river. This is Rivers Edge Resort.

Rivers Edge Resort in Wisconsin Dells WM

 

We come across a Streamflow Gaging Station, used to measure water levels in the river. Nothing unusual so far this year.

Streamflow Gaging Station in Lower Dells WMStreamflow Gaging Station sign

Here comes the Sugar Bowl, and we go right between them. Ahead of us is a Jet Boat about to do just that!

Sugar Bowl and Jet Boat WM

 

Here is Lone Rock, the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) believe a spirit of the Dells live in a cave inside this rock.

Lone Rock in Lower Dells WM

We conclude our tour with a look at the Ink Stand. That green growth is called lichen.

The Ink Stand in Lower Dells WM

 We made our way back to shore and thanked the crew, Captain Trent and Kaylee and the other young man for the great tour.

Captain Trent and Kaylee-Chief Crew

 

This is classic Dells fun, we hope you get to take both tours when you come here to visit.

Lodi – Susie the Duck Day


2nd Saturday in August

LodiSign

My husband and I love going to local community festivals, and one of my favorites is Susie the Duck Day in Lodi, WI.    Last year, the TV show “Discover Wisconsin” came to record the event, It aired April 6, 2013. Watch it here!

It is a great community festival honoring a female mallard that nested in the town’s masonry basket in Spring Creek in the 1940’s.

The story of Susie is on this sign:

SusieHistorySusie-Day-Poster

The big parade is at noon, Then the duck drop in Spring Creek.  Many wonderful floats and enthusiasm for Susie Day. Just before the parade a man dressed in 1776 attire passes out American flags.  Lodi is a very patriotic town.

Passing out American Flag

Lodi Soon to be Famous Band

Vi Bergum Lodi parade

Here is Susie and Maynard G. Mallard of the Madison Mallards riding in a big cart.

Susie and Maynard crop

People buy ducks to win prizes, $5 for one.

Duck drop

Duck drop by Emmy Fink and Susie-2012

Susie and I

Susie and I

People watch the ducks float down the creek, cheering them on.  This is Spring Creek Park.

Lodi-Spring Creek Park

This is the famous masonry basket in Spring Creek downtown. Ducks are floating by.

Lodi Masonry Basket

The finish line at Goeres Park, as well as the other festivities.

Goeres Park in Lodi, WI

Duck derby finish lineWaiting for ducks to arrive at the finish line.

Waiting for ducks to arrive at the finish line. Meanwhile,  there is lots of food and fun to be had. Also a classic car show.

Susie the Duck Day vendors

Rides were given in the pumpkin carriage and the big shopping cart.

Pumpkin Carriage

Model A car

We hope you enjoyed your day in Lodi, Susie hopes you will come back next year!

tiny duck