Houghton Falls Nature Preserve, Washburn

4.5
#29 of 85 in Wildlife in Wisconsin
A scenic property replete with hiking trails, boreal forest, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and gorge known as the Echo Dells, Houghton Falls has been a destination for generations of visitors who enjoy sitting on the warm, brownstone ledges or hiking through the pines and hemlocks for views of Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands.

The Preserve’s intermittent falls drop into a beautiful little cove with clear water and a sandy bottom—a great place for wading or simply splashing around on a warm summer day. The sandstone walls of the cove’s ravine carry a message from Washburn surf legend Tom Blake, “Nature = God.” The Conservancy partnered with the Town of Bayview and the Trust for Public Land to acquire the property with the help of a Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency and the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund of the Wisconsin DNR. The property is now owned and managed by the Town of Bayview, while the Conservancy holds a conservation easement on the land to ensure permanent protection.

Houghton Falls is on the shore of Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior about two miles north of Washburn. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Washburn holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Houghton Falls Nature Preserve and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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4.7
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  • Nice small hike. Some up and downs and tree roots. Went in October and there was water. (Also went in July and it was dry) Either way, very pretty landscapes lead to the Lake.  more »
  • Nice trail to beautiful falls. Continue further on the trail to the shore of Lake Superior. Be aware there is no bathroom/port a potty at this park.  more »
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  • Beautiful nature hike to a breathtaking view of the Lake Superior at the end. The trail has been modified over the years to be safer, with more railings and stairs. However, the natural feel is still there. Depending on when you go, you may or may not actually see falls. It depends on if we've had enough rain and water flow. Spring/begining of summer is your best bet.
  • It was fun walking through the canyon. I had been told there was a waterfall here, but didn't find one. We saw a bald eagle fly across Lake Superior, pick up a fish, and fly back.

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