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Devil's Punchbowl - Menomonie's Serene Cove

Updated on January 3, 2013

Unless you live in, or plan on visiting, the west-central Wisconsin city of Menomonie, you'll probably never get the opportunity to visit what is known as the "Devil's Punchbowl." As indicated by the sign at the entrance, the Devil's Punchbowl is used as a scientific study area, although I tend to believe most visits to the location are for less scholarly reasons.

From the road, the Devil's Punchbowl doesn't look like anything more than a path through the thick Wisconsin woods. Once you begin to venture down the path into the woods, however, a huge staircase leads you to the floor of the Punchbowl. Before I had visited the location myself, I merely thought people were exaggerating when they spoke its astonishing beauty. As you can see from the pictures below, they weren't exaggerating at all.

Possibly haunted?

Several websites claim that the Devil's Punchbowl is haunted, which is about the only information I could find online about the place. One claim states that samples of the Punchbowl's water will retain an unusual level of clarity despite the high level of bacteria in the water. Another claim states that a sample of the water will stay "ice cold" for an unusual amount of time after being collected. "Orb" sightings have also been reported, but an extensive study, as far as I know, has never been conducted.

I don't know whether or not the place is haunted, but I do know it is a beautiful, hidden paradise tucked away on the outskirts of Menomonie, Wis. If you ever get the chance, stop by and check it out. Oh, and don't forget a camera!

In the center of the Devil's Punchbowl
In the center of the Devil's Punchbowl
Close-up of the waterfall/stream
Close-up of the waterfall/stream
Looking up at the walls of the Devil's Punchbowl
Looking up at the walls of the Devil's Punchbowl
The sparse alignment of trees, in addition to the beautiful, green plant life, promotes a very relaxing atmosphere.
The sparse alignment of trees, in addition to the beautiful, green plant life, promotes a very relaxing atmosphere.
Visitors leave their marks in the soft rock surface that covers the interior of the Punchbowl.
Visitors leave their marks in the soft rock surface that covers the interior of the Punchbowl.
The trees attached to the side of the cliff add to the complex beauty of the Punchbowl.
The trees attached to the side of the cliff add to the complex beauty of the Punchbowl.
Thick, green plant life covers the floor
Thick, green plant life covers the floor
Looking down at the Punchbowl from the walkway above
Looking down at the Punchbowl from the walkway above
An unusual, seemingly out-of-place tunnel was constructed above the Punchbowl
An unusual, seemingly out-of-place tunnel was constructed above the Punchbowl

If you're interested in seeing some more pictures of the Devil's Punchbowl, including some awesome winter shots, check out Philip Schwarz's Photography.

Also, check out www.menomnom.com if you are ever in the Menomonie area!

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    • maplethorpej profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerad Maplethorpe 

      7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      Yeah, the tunnel is so randomly stuck in there...

    • RosieG profile image

      RosieG 

      7 years ago from Nerang Gold Coast Qld

      Its a beautiful place, the tunnel is bizarre so ugly compared with the beauty around it.

    • maplethorpej profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerad Maplethorpe 

      7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      The photos barely do the place justice. The parabolic shape of the eroded rock wall gives the place an interesting acoustic quality, too.

      You will certainly have to visit the place if you ever have a good reason to pass through this part of Wisconsin haha

    • mikaylab93 profile image

      mikaylab93 

      7 years ago from Middleton, Idaho

      Such a pretty little place. If I am ever traveling through Wisconsin I will be sure to stop there and take a look around! Good Photos, I enjoyed them. I love the hanging tree roots!

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