|Pattison State Park|
In the tumbling waters of Big Manitou Falls, the Ojibwa believed they could hear the voice of the Great Spirit, Gitchi Monido. The rapids below the falls were called Bohiwum Sasigewon, meaning Laughing Rapids. Little Manitou Falls was known as Cacabeeca Bunghee, or Little Waterfalls.
Near the base of the Big Falls they quarried sedimentary rock, called conglomerate. They removed fist-size balls of quartz, brought them to top of the falls and flaked them into knives, spear points and other tools.
In the 1800s a trading post is reported to have been located at the Big Falls, a well known landmark and gathering place for the Chippewa. The park area is rich in Native American lore, and artifacts are occasionally found.
In the Ojibwa language, the Black River is called Mucudewa Sebee, meaning "black" or "dark." The root beer tint of the water comes from decaying leaves and roots of vegetation along the river.
The Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls operate a concession stand selling firewood, soda pop, T-shirt and postcard sales at the park in season.
The Gitche Gumee Nature Center features exhibits about the park's cultural and natural history, including its wildlife and geology. Guided nature walks are offered, and children's nature exploration backpacks are also available.* (More....)
Waterfall Watchers teaches readers all about cliffs, and the scientists who go to extremes to study them! Written for ages 7 and up.
Read To Lead
|Read to Lead|
- Print out the Read to Lead checklist.
- Visit the state parks listed to find the books, or check them out anytime from a library. Some State Parks will have special programs to go along with their book. Visit Wisconsin State Parks to learn more about the parks and events.
- Read (or have someone read to you) 20 or more books. Check them off on the list.
- Have your parent or guardian sign and send the form to the address on the checklist and you will be entered in the drawing for a Kindle Fire.