Sunday Lake Falls on Planter Creek

outflow of an old rock tunnel

Side view of the upper drop
  • Slick tumble of rocks
  • Wet, black formation below the tunnel
  • Side view of the upper drop

The town of Wakefield is wrapped around a scenic body of water with the pleasant name of Sunday Lake. Most of the water in this lake comes from the Little Black River, which flows in from the south and empties out to the west to join with the main Black River. However, some of it is diverted to the east through a manmade tunnel of rock. At the mouth of this tunnel there is a pretty little set of drops that form Sunday Lake Falls.


From the light at US-2/M-28, head north on 28 for 1.3 miles to Thomaston Road. Either park on Thomaston or on M-28 near the guardrail of Plantar Creek. Head down to the creek and follow it a short distance upstream to the falls.

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  • Al Harju Apr 9, '17 During spring break-up the outflow can be dramatic. The water is root beer colored, like its source, Sunday Lake. The water coloration is typical of this part of the north country, due to the presence of tannin. The tannin is picked up by rainwater percolating through wetlands (south of Sunday Lake) which leach out the tannic acid from decomposing bark, branches, organic soil, etc. This is a natural process occurring often through the U.P., northern Wisconsin, and Minnesota.Add to this discussion
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