Lake Wissota & the Leinkugel's Brewery Tour
We spent 5 days in the Lake Wissota State Campground. The location provided us an excellent opportunity to bike, kayak, and explore the Chippewa Falls area.
Lake Wissota covers 6000 acres and was created in 1917 when a hydroelectric dam was built on the Chippewa River. The dam and power station was owned by the Wisconsin - Minnesota Light and Power Company - hence the name Lake Wissota.
I’d never heard the term White Coal used to describe hydroelectric power before visiting Lake Wissota. “White” for the splashing water, and “Coal” for the power generated. The electricity generated by the dam can power 16,000 homes with clean energy.
We were able to bike and hike the park every morning of our stay.
We also made a couple of trips into Chippewa Falls. It’s a nice little town and home to the Leinkugel Brewery. We always like a brewery tour and this one was great. The $10 tour came with 5 5oz beers to get a good taste of the beers created at the Brewery. The beer tasting is always my favorite part of the tour.
Jacob Leinkugel started his brewery in the logging town of Chippewa Falls in 1867. There were 1200 men working in the town at the time and virtually no women. In the Leinie Lodge they had a photo of a clever old advertising campaign. A black and white photo of 10 or 12 rough looking loggers sitting on a log was captioned with something like, “The beer had to be good to draw 1200 men out into the middle of nowhere with no women.”
Leinkugel was purchased by Miller in 1988 and they opened the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee to help keep up with the growing demand.
Now we’re off to northern Wisconsin and the Chequamegon - Nicolet Nation Forest!