The Dells and drained Lake Delton

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One of the Ducks boat/cars

I spent the weekend in Wisconsin Dells with some of my girlfriends scrapbooking and fundraising for Walk for the Cure.  Our gathering was called Crop for a Cure and was put on by the Boobylicious Babes that were trying to put a dent in their $6000+ dollars they needed to participate in the three day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer.  These wonderful women had recently lost people close to them to this disease and we were happy to help them raise money.  Plus we all got to spend a 4-day weekend scrapbooking and gossiping!  They put on a garage sale, spaghetti dinner and silent auction, plus they got a discount on the house rental.  They raised nearly $1000!  Way to go girls!

We spent most of the weekend scrapbooking at the house, but I popped out for a family reunion in Milwaukee on Saturday.

A resort and beach on Lake Delton
  We didn't do much sightseeing because the Dells are CRAZY on the weekends!  Wisconsin Dells is a big playground for families.  There are numerous water parks - my favorite being Noah's Ark, countless go cart and mini golf places, tacky souviner shops, Ducks rides and beautiful rocks along the Wisconsin River.  One of the original highlights was Stand Rock - a pillar of rock a good 50 ft high that a person would jump across to, probably a good 10 ft.  Later they replaced the person with a dog.  They also have tours where you can walk along the base of the rocks and walk through "fat man's misery" and the like.  The Ducks tours are amphibious boat/cars that drive along, then drive into water and float/boat across.  Its fun, but I still feel like that thing will sink when they drive in water.
me and Jess on the beach
  They drive in the Wisconsin River and used to drive in Lake Delton before it drained.

Lake Delton was a man made lake created by a dam.  Recent heavy rains in June 2008 caused one wall of the lake between the lake and the Wisconsin River to weaken and the lake flowed through into the Wisconsin River washing out a highway and draining Lake Delton.  Some homes were damaged in the flood but no one was hurt.  There are numerous homes and some nice resorts on the lake that now have a view of a big puddle instead.  The Tommy Bartlett Show performed on the lake - they are a fun waterski, airplane acrobatics and stage performer show.  Its pretty entertaining, but now they have no lake to perform on.  The lake remains drained 2 months later, but there are plans to fix the washout and re-fill the lake.

we were told we looked too happy to be at a drained lake
  We stopped at the public beach to check it out and I was surprised to see all the tree stumps on the bottom.  But I guess that makes sense if it was a man made lake.  It was sad to see but still interesting for a geologist ;)

We drove through the town on Monday and it was a lot less hectic than on the weekend.  We saw many of the hotel resorts with their own water parks and the go cart place I visited a few years back - the one with the big Trojan Horse that I got dizzy on from driving in circles.  The Dells really is a fun place to visit - mostly if you like water slides, but I would recommend coming during the week.

LostInSpace2010 says:
How come they didn't monitor the dam? That's just so scary, it's amazing no one got hurt but I bet the damages were horrible...
Posted on: Aug 13, 2010
yheleen says:
a drained lake? now, that's unique :)
Posted on: Aug 02, 2008
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One of the Ducks boat/cars
One of the Ducks boat/cars
A resort and beach on Lake Delton
A resort and beach on Lake Delton
me and Jess on the beach
me and Jess on the beach
we were told we looked too happy t…
we were told we looked too happy …
Drained Lake Delton
Drained Lake Delton
Looking south on the lake
Looking south on the lake
tree stumps on the lake bottom
tree stumps on the lake bottom
working on the washout
working on the washout
the car to my left was a Duck!
the car to my left was a Duck!
one of the many resorts with a wat…
one of the many resorts with a wa…
the go cart and rollercoaster place
the go cart and rollercoaster place
souviner shop
souviner shop
Wisconsin Dells
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