Houghton Falls Nature Preserve, Washburn

#26 of 30 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.
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  • A great little trail with a bit of a surprise at the end. We have taken friends and family here many times and always keep coming back for more  more »
  • The entire trail is a bit of a hidden gem. The path is well maintained, the scenic beauty is fantastic and the reward at the end is quite impressive. The only downside is the posting along the path, i...  more »
  • A totally unassuming entrance, with a gravel parking lot. The trail started mild, going over boardwalks through a mushy area in a thick woods. The woods just kept getting prettier and then the gorge s...  more »

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