N 43° 02.160'
W 086° 08.610'

Approaching this point along the north bank of the river there are examples of large willow trees at the edge of residential properties. This particular one is at the edge of a sea wall.

It is common for people to plant the weeping willow because it can add to the character and value to their riverfront property. People also enjoy this tree because it will be one of the first trees to grow its leaves in the spring and one of the last to lose them in the fall. The willow tree produces a modest amount of nectar and is favored by bees as an early season source of pollen.

The willow tree has historically had a wide variety uses and is prevalent in folklore and myths; and having religious importance for some cultures.

Presently, it is used in manufactured products such as wicker furniture, and as a veneer. In agriculture, an extract from willow bark can be used to promote growth of plant ‘cuttings'. Cuttings are a way of starting new plants from existing plants. Cuttings are literally sliced off the stem of existing plants. Willow bark extract is applied to the stem of the cutting in order to promote root growth.

The willow is also used in environmental restoration as it can provide soil erosion control, slope stabilization, wildlife habitat, and ecological wastewater treatment.