Whitewater Artesian Well, Whitewater, WI  5/5 (1)

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Whitewater’s Flowing Well. Hand dug in 1895 by Adam Channing to an original depth of 55′ it has been flowing steadily to this day. The water in Artesian wells flow from aquifers where water at a higher elevation puts pressure on the water below it causing it to flow out readily when given an outlet.

Nearest Address

Clover Valley Road near Millis Rd.

Directions from Nearest Address

To reach the Flowing Well, follow Milwaukee St. west to Wisconsin St. Wisconsin St. becomes Clover Valley Rd. Follow Clover Valley Rd. to the left. The Flowing Well lies 1 mile from Clover Valley Roads intersection with Millis Rd.

Additional info: http://tourism.state.wi.us/item_detail/Artesian_Well.aspx

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 316
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

24 hours 7 days a week



Map Link: Whitewater Artesian Well Map

Submitted by: Eric Butler


  1. I obtained a well inspection report from Walworth County dated April 2021 for this well and it listed no issues with this well. I have been drinking the water for the past year and it has been great!

  2. I came from Illinois to check out this spring and it was well worth the drive. After I drove home I found the gps coordinates. 42.78455694,-88.71460806 I hope this helps.

  3. This water is terrific! It’s very refreshing. We drink about a gallon of water/day so I drive there every 2 weeks and fill up at least 14 gallon jugs at a time–it’s a half hour drive. It has a slight film which I’m told is the lime content in the water (I notice it because I use black pots). I make a lot of tea so boiling the water leaves hard water deposits. I have drunk the water at Rock Springs in Baraboo and that water is very clean and didn’t leave hard water deposits at all.

    Better directions are to take Hwy 12 to the south end of Whitewater, then go south on Hwy 89 for about a mile or less. Turn left on Anderson Road (just a small sign so you could miss it). Drive a mile or so east to Clover Valley Road and turn right. Go another mile or less and it’s on your right. It’s well marked.

    I can fill a gallon jug in about 4 seconds.

  4. The map location is off.  It is located south on Clover Valley Rd. where the south western corner of Clover Valley Fen State Natural Area is.  I’m glad I was in an exploring mood or I’d not have found it by the location given on this site.

  5. I'm one of the “Millis”s from awhile back (born in the 50's) and I remember riding bikes to that well with my brother on hot summer days …….the water was so icey cold and refreshing !!!

    1. There used to be an Artesian well in Como (north of Lake Geneva) but that was closed off I believe due to unsafe levels of whatever. Whitewater off Cherry Valley Rd is the only one I recall being in the area. We use it all the time. I am currently trying to get information on the testing . DNR said they don’t and County said they don’t test it. Whitewater is responsible for that they said. Waiting for a call back. Will let others know here.

  6. My father, who is an ER tech, tested the PH level at the hospital in which her works. He told me that the PH level was an 8.0 after a day of sitting in a plastic gallon container. It’s possible that the PH range is bewtween 8 and 8.5.

  7. I’ve been to the well a few times. I spoke with a gentleman from the area while filling up water jugs, and he told me that the water underground is fairly well protected from farm chemicals because of the layer of clay beneath the ground, which covers the the flow path of water.

How to Collect Spring Water

Drinking pure spring water is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Our bodies are over 99% water at the molecular level, so water affects every aspect of our biology. Yet, not all water is created equal. Almost all the bottled spring water available is pasteurized for shelf stability, which neutralizes many of the powerful health benefits such as increased hydrogen, healthy probiotics, and crystalline structure. For more about why unprocessed spring water is the best water to drink, read this.

The best way to guarantee you are getting real unprocessed spring water is to collect it yourself. This is a short and simple guide filled with information about how to gather spring water. We will cover how to find a spring, how to collect the water, how to honor the spring, how to store the water properly and other tips.

FindASpring.org is the best resource for locating a spring near you. However, not all springs are on the map. First, check the map to see if there is a spring in your local area. If there is, look at the reviews and comments. Has anyone shared helpful information about flow rate or posted a water test result? Is the spring in a pristine area? Do a bit of research and make sure the spring is safe to drink from. If you have any doubt about the purity, don’t risk it and get a water test, HERE. If you don’t see a spring on the map in your area, there still might be some that aren’t listed yet. First, ask the older generation who have lived in your area a long time if they know. You can also ask people in your community who might already get spring water such as people at a health food store or at a farmers market. Another great option is to view A US forest service map, where many springs have been marked. You can view these maps through the Gaia GPS or All Trails hiking apps on your phone. The map overlay you want is USGS Topo. Not all are easily accessible or ideal for drinking, but some are and it can be a fun adventure to find them. We have found over half a dozen great springs this way.

Once you’ve found your spring, figure out how you are going to gather the water. Is it right on the side of the road and easy to access or do you have to hike to it? We recommend storing spring water in glass instead of plastic to preserve the purity of the water. It is better for the environment, your body, and the water. Even BPA free plastic has toxic chemicals that can leach into water and cause health issues. If you do want to use plastic for safety reasons when filling at the spring, we recommend transferring the water to glass as soon as possible. FindASpring is sponsored by Alive Waters, which offers beautiful reusable glass. They have a 2.5 gallon option, which is a convenient size for carrying that isn’t too heavy. They also sell handles that you can use to transport the jugs even more easily. If you have to hike to access the spring, we recommend putting the water jugs into an extra large backpack to hike the water out with ease. We use Osprey packs that hold 2 jugs each. You can also use a wheelbarrow or even a stroller depending on how easy a walk it is.

Filling 2.5 Gallon Alive Waters Jug

When you get to the spring, remember to first give back before you take. Springs are considered sacred in indigenous cultures around the world for their life giving water and also as a connection to the inner earth. A powerful and simple way to give back is to clean up. Is there any trash that needs to be collected? Could you move any dead leaves or sticks to improve the flow rate? Show up in service. Some other wonderful ways to give is with a moment of expressing verbal gratitude, singing songs to the water, offering the water an ethically sourced crystal, a feather, or some other physical gift. Flowers are a popular and beautiful thing to offer, but please be careful to source organic ones as most flowers from the store are sprayed with pesticides and can be toxic to put near a spring. Also, flowers can attract bugs as they decay, so it can be best to offer them to the flowing water directly or a little downstream from the spring head.

When gathering the water, fill the jug as close to the spring head as possible, never gather downstream. Be very careful as wet glass is extremely slippery. Make sure the lid is securely fastened. When transporting the spring water home, the jugs can sometimes slide around the car. Secure them in place or wrap them with towels or something so they don’t crash into each other.

How you store your spring water is essential. It is not pasteurized like spring water from the store, so it will start growing algae if left in direct sunlight. This is good because it means it’s alive! If the water you drink can’t even support the most basic life forms, how do you think it will support your body? Store your water in a cool, dark place such as a dark corner, pantry or closet. The fridge is ideal if you have room. Some people prefer to filter their water through a Berkey filter before drinking, but if the spring is pure, it’s not necessary. We drink our spring water completely unfiltered.

How long the water stays good for depends on how cold a temperature it’s stored at. Spring water is best fresh. We personally do not prefer to drink spring water past 2 weeks old. However, we know other people that will drink it at a month old. It’s great to get in a rhythm where you know how long the water lasts you and put your collection day on the calendar in advance.

I believe that water is calling us to reconnect with her in the deepest way, to gather our own water. Just like our ancestors did. Our ancestors didn’t have fancy water machines. They also didn’t create villages or settle where there was no water. Water was revered as the center of the community and the nodal point around which life could spiral out and take root.

Here’s to restoring the sacred connection with the waters of life.

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