There are a few different companies offering duckboat tours of the Wisconsin River out of the town of Wisconsin Dells. My lovely traveling companion and I went with the Dells Army Ducks. Each duckboat they operate is a repurposed military vehicle. (The DUKW, or “Duck,” was a military vehicle developed during World War Two for the transport of troops. It is an amphibious vehicle, having wheels for movement on land, but when it comes to a body of water it becomes a boat. The Duck also saw use in the Korean War. The first use of a duckboat for the purpose of tourism occurred in Wisconsin Dells in the 1940s.)

The Wisconsin Dells are a unique geological feature found nowhere else on earth. They formed at the end of the last Ice Age, when the glaciers that covered the majority of the state of Wisconsin melted, the water carving beautiful and sometimes bizarre formations out of the sandstone that had once been the floor of a prehistoric sea. The best way to see the Dells is from a boat, and taking a Duck put a novel spin on it.

Wisconsin is famous as home to the Beast of Bray Road and the Hodag, but it has its history of Bigfoot sightings, too. Dells Army Ducks has fully embraced Bigfoot as its mascot.

They offer the Bigfoot Zipline and Bigfoot Ropes Course in addition to their duckboat tours, and one of the bodies of water we crossed in our Duck was called Sasquatch Lake.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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