The Headwaters of the Chippewa River

August 20, 2016 Travis Dewitz
No. 8950 - Chippewa River Headwaters, Xcel Energy Hydro Dam - Winter, Wis.

No. 8950 – Chippewa River Headwaters, Xcel Energy Hydro Dam – Winter, Wis.


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The Chippewa River’s headwaters is formed where the East and West Fork Chippewa Rivers come together at Lake Chippewa, part of the Chippewa Flowage. The Flowage also known as “Big Chip”, was formed after a dam was built north of Winter in 1923. Over 15,000 acres of land was flooded including homes and the Trading Post, making the “Big Chip” the third largest lake in the state. The hydroelectric dam was built on this site in 1988 by Xcel Energy but is operated and maintained by the Lac Courte Oreilles.

General References
Indian Trail Resort – A History
DNR Chippewa Flowage
LCO Winter Hydroelectric Dam Feasibility 


Chippewa River Heritage Series



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My name is Travis Dewitz and I am from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. My specialty is commercial photography with a love for expressive portraits. My work is Conceptual, Emotive, Editorial, Surreal and Eclectic. I am passionate about fashioning new worlds through photographs as I extend my visions beyond the realm of the camera. I have incredible vision, which you can see in all of my photos.

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