Chippewa Falls on Black River

small rapids just below Copper Peak

Groups of minor drops around the rocks
  • Fog over Copper Peak
  • Obscured path spilling down to the river
  • Groups of minor drops around the rocks

As the Black River flows past Copper Peak, and old mining site and ski-jumping location, the river makes a sharp bend and creates a small set of rugged rapids. Interestingly enough, it is located almost in line with the ski jump, almost as if it was creating a hazard zone for long-range jumpers. During the spring the roar from these rapids can be heard from the base of the peak - for most of the year it is a gentle murmur drifting through the woods.


Driving along the scenic Route 513 north of Bessemer there is a cutoff road that leads over to Copper Peak. As the road passes by the peak and tourist shop it makes a box-shaped bend to the right before continuing back to 513. Park on the far side of the box, next to the dilapidated building, and meander over to the power lines. Follow the lines downhill towards the river, taking advantage of any bike paths along the way, until you reach the rapids. Due to the bike path construction the riverbanks may be difficult to navigate. The walk is short but not incredibly defined, so keep track of your surroundings for the return.

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