French Creek Valley

in West Central Wisconsin

Last Revised: October 12, 2015


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French Creek Valley was formed some millions of years ago by the French Creek which takes its water and its erosion energy from a watershed of only 12 square miles and is fed intermittently from two no-name streams that come down from the hills through our land on either side of it.
The creek constantly pokes its nose under the blacktop road that it shares with the shallow valley floor. In fact it crosses the road seven times within two short miles. There are only a few homes in the whole valley because this little creek can wreak havoc with any structure located close to the valley floor. Our house is 'way up the hill, so we like it that way.

Fruit Fly Elimination! See how we get rid of those pesky Fruit Flies:
Click here for Fruit Fly Elimination

A couple of years ago we decided to Clean Up A Neglected Area behind the building that I call the "TTT" shed.
"TTT" stands for "Tractors, Tracksters and Trip Hammers, because that what is mostly filling it up at present.
We had dozens of trees growing into hundreds of wire mesh cages and lots of other stuff to dig out, using manual labor, chain saws, the backhoe and its new "thumb".
Click Here to see how we cleaned it up

We recently did a Controlled Burn of a part of our tillable farmland.
Click Here for a short essay of that event

Building Collapse
During December of 2010 we had a record single snowfall of close to two feet. It was followed shortly by another several inches of snow and then about an inch of ice. The weight was too much for the 40 foot by 60 foot building in which we store most of our power equipment.
Click Here to see what happened and what we did about it

A Short Tour of Our South 40
We have 100 acres of land on the north side of our road and 40 acres on the south side. If you take this link, you can use my first attempt at an image map to see a few things that are of interest to us on that piece of land.
Our South 40

Beaver Problems in 2011
Beavers have been killing trees on our land for a number of years since about 1980. See what we are doing about this infestation.
Beaver Pond and Dead Trees, 2011

Creek Volcanoes: A couple of years ago the French Creek froze up slowly and in a special way down by the road in front of our house. There is a little waterfall about 50 feet north of the bridge and as the water bubbles and froths at the low end of this one-foot high drop, it keeps the ice from covering the creek fully. In 2002, the ice moved in from the sides leaving an ever-narrowing gap through which one could see the water. The water that was still running under the ice was still much warmer than the air since it comes from springs upstream as much as a quarter mile away. When the temperature went sub-zero, one could see steam (really water vapor) coming up from the narrow gap.
As this water vapor cooled, it deposited wispy fronds of ice in a volcano-like area around each of several vents. This action formed the "Creek Volcanoes" that you can see in the three pictures below. We have never seen this phenomenon before or since.

Creek Volcanoes