Waterfall Season in Pure Michigan

Melting snow feeds a web of rushing rivers across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and creates more than 200 waterfalls. Springtime is prime time for waterfall viewing, so Michigan Travel Ideas editors compiled a list of some of the most impressive in the state.

Tahquamenon Falls – Paradise
At a remarkable 50 feet tall and 200 feet wide, the easily accessible Upper Tahquamenon Falls are the largest in Michigan. In fact, during spring, more than 50,000 gallons of water drop each second, putting the falls in the top five largest east of the Mississippi River. The low rumble you hear from the parking lot builds to a thundering roar along the short path. Arriving at the wooden observation deck, you’ll see the reason for the nickname of Root Beer Falls (cedar tannins tinge the water brown) and feel a cool mist. Four miles downstream, the Lower Tahquamenon Falls split in two, with each half more than 100 feet wide and 22 feet tall. Rent a rowboat for a better look (and better photos) from the water. If you only get a chance to visit one waterfall this season, the Tahquamenon Falls are a definite must-see. For more information: 906/492-3415.

Spray Falls – Munising
Take a boat ride on Lake Superior to see Spray Falls plunge almost 70 feet over the Pictured Rocks cliffs. Hikers take the 2-mile-long North Country Trail to the remote falls. For more information: 906/387-3700.

Bond Falls – Haight
Park at the base of the falls and snap some incredible photographs from the viewing platforms along the 600-foot boardwalk. For more information: 906/353-6558.

Cascade Falls – Matchwood
Half the fun of this waterfall is exploring Porcupine Wilderness State Park on the way. Take the Valley Trail for a shorter hike, or if you’re up for a challenge, Bluff Trail provides a more demanding climb. For more information: 906/884-2047.

Gorge Falls – Ironwood
Five striking waterfalls dot the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway on its way to Black River Harbor. Gorge Falls is one of the easiest to access, but even it has quite a few stairs to the overlook. For more information: 906/932-1330.

  • DOROTHY KALAR

    SEVERAL YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND AND I TOOK A WATERFALL TOUR IN UPPER MICHIGAN. I PRINTED A WATERFALL TOUR BOOK FROM THE INTERNET. HE WAS RECOVERING FROM OPEN HEART SURGERY SO WE STUCK TO THE WATERFALLS THAT WERE LOCATED CLOSEST TO THE ROAD WITH IMPROVED PATHS. WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPAND THAT TOUR AND VISIT SOME OF THE MORE REMOTE SITES BUT I CAN’T SEEM TO LOCATE THE TOUR GUIDE OR LIST OF WATERFALLS. THE GUILD LISTED THE FALLS, GAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THE PATHS AND HOW FAR OFF THE ROAD THEY WERE. IT WAS A REMARKABLE TOOL. CAN ANYONE OFFER ADVICE ON WHERE I CAN LOCATE THAT GUIDE?

  • Eric French

    Try getting this book:
    Michigan Waterfalls: A Guide to 199
    Penrose, Laurie; Paperback
    Sold by Amazon.com LLC
    $15.96
    and/or try this website:
    gowaterfalling.com

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