The Moose River
In the wilderness of the Northwoods flows the Moose River. The Moose River is seldom visited when there is not snow to travel on as much of it is hard to access. Wolves and bears travel along the river’s edge in search of food while beavers cut the alder and willow along its banks to build lodges and dams. The river varies widely in its character, contour, and speed. Much of the river meanders through large marshy flats which waterfowl use extensively in the fall when heading south for winter. In other sections, the river narrows and is funneled through rock chutes or ‘gorges’ sending the water rollicking downstream. After snow melt or heavy rain, these gorges are roaring with the echo of rushing water. In the fall, the vivid colors of the birch, aspen and maple interspersed among the conifers create a beautiful scene. One day this fall, I was fortunate enough to hike a large rock ridge just on the edge of the Moose River. The gorge was roaring, the colors flaming, and I even spotted a few spruce grouse.