The Annual Challenge: Why This Giant Floating Island Requires Boat-Pushing Every Year

By: | September 9th, 2023

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Nestled within the picturesque landscape of Wisconsin’s Lake Chippewa, a natural wonder presents an annual challenge for the local community. This hidden marvel takes the form of a colossal floating island, a testament to the incredible forces of nature.

The Birth of Chippewa Flowage

Lake Chippewa, also known as the Chippewa Flowage, came into existence in 1923 through the deliberate flooding of a vast marshland. Following this transformative event, nature took its course, leading to the creation of these unique floating islands.

Today, these floating islands exhibit a wide range of sizes, from the dimensions of a standard parking space to several acres in extent. The most substantial among them, known as the “Forty Acre Bog” situated on the lake’s western side, even boasts mature trees.

Navigating the Challenge: Pushing the Island

This floating island, which has been in existence for decades, doesn’t move all the time. But when it does, it can create problems for locals by blocking a crucial bridge—the sole connection between the east and west sides of the lake.

When this occurs, the only solution is to mobilize a fleet of boats. And not just one or two, but dozens of boats working together, harnessing the power of the wind. Last year, it took 25 boats working in unison to push the floating island away from the bridge.

Preserving Nature’s Balance

Annually relocating Lake Chippewa’s floating island demonstrates harmonious coexistence, community unity, and the importance of preserving unique habitats.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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