Devil’s Punchbowl – Menomonie, WI


Devil’s Punchbowl is located at 410th Street (Paradise Valley Road) 4 miles southwest of Menomonie, Wisconsin in Dunn County. Formerly known as Black’s Ravine after a Civil War Captain who once owned the land, the 2.9 acre track at Devil’s Punchbowl is now used for bird watching, hiking, and nature trips.


Formed by post-glacial flooding, The Devil’s Punchbowl features a picturesque waterfall, forest vegetation such as joe-pye-weed, bloodroot, cattails, harebell, skunk cabbage and bulblet fern and birds species like the pileated woodpecker and the Eastern meadowlark.

Besides all the natural beauty in the bowl, the area boasts claims of unusual phenomenon including sightings of ghosts, fairies, gnomes, and trolls. One witness claims to have spotted a gnome running up the side of the rock bank then bolting through the tunnel. While other have reported stories of vengeful trolls.


The trolls who live at the bowl are known to have a sweet tooth and offerings of Skittles candy are recommended to appease these woodland spirits. Allegedly, visitors who fail to bring a gift may find they have problems starting their vehicles upon leaving this enchanted hollow.

Besides the enchanted folk, other strange phenomenon have been reported including strange orbs of light and water that retains it exceptionally cold temperature for days after it is collected.

As for the name of the place, some believe it was so named because of the mascot of the nearby University of Wisconsin is called the Blue Devil.

Others believe the name Devil’s Punchbowl was influenced by other unusual geological formations found in the United States, such as the Devil’s Bridge Trail in Sedona, Arizona, Devil’s Kitchen Cave on the southwestern shore of Mackinac Island in Michigan, or Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.

NOTE: There are three other Devil’s Punchbowls in North America: 1) Devil’s Punch Bowl State Natural Area at Otter Rock, Oregon; 2) Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area at 28000 Devils Punchbowl Rd in Pearblossom, California; and, 3) Devil’s Punch Bowl,a waterfall on the Niagara Escarpment in the Stoney Creek community of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. All are naturally carved rock formations with depressions resembling a bowl shape.

Devil’s Punchbowl
410th St/Paradise Valley Rd
Menomonie, WI 54751

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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