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Nelsonville, WI
Tomorrow River

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  • Once a grain mill now turned a summer arts performers location the Rising Star Mill is a colorful focal point in Nelsonville. The towns of Nelsonville and Amherst are a piece of rural Wisconsin. Check out (Reflections)715-824-2628 the local antique and gift shop in Nelsonville.
    The Tomorrow River is a branch of the Waupaca River and is a Native American word which means tomorrow. It was a good trout stream and we suggest seeing it in single recreation kayaks so you don't destroy the work being done to reclaim the river. When the mill was constructed in the 1800's it was the focal point in town but caused the river to silt and warm up changing the ecology but a new day has risen on the river and through hard work of dam removal and restoration it is a great trout stream again. The Mill serves as the starting point for a great 2.5-3hr canoe/kayak trip traveling through farm fields and wooded lowlands to Amherst. The river has a muck bottom in areas, boulders, trees, cow crossings and shallow sandy areas. You will cross under an old RxR bridge now the Tomorrow River Bike Trail before you reach Cate Park. The pullout at Cate Park is hard but there is a lot of parking. If you continue south there is a Portage County Park landing on the east edge of the Amherst Pond. From Amherst the river continues south east and flows to the Waupaca River making it part of the Great Lakes Watershed.

    This area is home to two great camps to send kids for the summer. At Nelsonville built on a clear kettle lake is the summer YMCA Camp Glacier Hollow.

    Not far away located on Sunset Lake is the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. This camp is devoted to environmental and conservation education. CWES is perched high on the edge of Sunset Lake an aquamarine colored glacial lake and the deepest in Portage County at 65ft. It is also a field station for the UWSP College of Natural Resources. The county has a alcohol free park there and the Ice Age Trail runs just northeast of it.

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