The Devil’s Punch Bowl. It’s nothing new to people who have been in Menomonie for any amount of time — after all, it’s prehistoric — but it remains an amazing sight.
For anyone new to UW-Stout or considering going to see the natural wonder, it’s a must-see. You could go any time of year and I’d bet my tuition money that it would be beautiful.
I went in the winter because that’s the season we’re in. Plus, I had yet to experience the wonders of the ice.
And let’s be honest: I just wanted to pretend to be Elsa for an afternoon.
Then, from Hofland Road take the first left onto 410th Street. Stay on 410th for about five minutes, but be careful. The road has curves and hills, so when it’s icy it looks like a recipe for disaster.
When you get around all the twists and turns, Devil’s Punch Bowl County Park will be a small parking lot on the left.
You have to park in this strange little lot with two random stone walls. A plaque on one of the walls explains that it’s a scientific study area and that Devil’s Punch Bowl is there to be enjoyed, not altered.
A wooden staircase takes you down into a pit. The steps can be very dangerous in the winter. Good thing no one else was there to see me slide my way down them on my butt.
Despite the frozen stream, water still drips from the vast walls of the pit. Stand there and listen to the water dripping down the sides, with only the occasional car to interrupt the sounds of nature.
In winter, the Punch Bowl looks like a frozen wonderland. Water drips down the walls, freezes and creates sheets of ice that are amazing to see.
Be sure check out this beautiful Menomonie locale.