This is a partial litany of 197 document-able waterfalls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The waterfalls listed here within can be enjoyed during all seasons adding a different aspect of the seasonal beauty they hold. My suggestion for viewing these waterfalls are in the Spring, where the flow of water from the ice and snow-melt provides the full power of these waterfalls to be adorned. Some of these waterfalls are in locations that are very remote and treacherous here in the Upper Peninsula forest, and caution should be heeded. The forest in the Upper Peninsula is also inhabited by many woodlands creatures, both large and small. I also ask that you respect the land and enjoy with your eye’s and leave only foot-prints behind.
10 miles north of Thomaston on a improved trail with a walking time of at least 15 minutes to view the 20 foot vertical drop.
From Copper Harbor follow US-41 to Lake Manganese Road, then turn right, about .7 miles you will find a unimproved trail and can expect a 5 to 10 minute walk to view the 20+ foot vertical drop. *Please proceed with extra caution for you may walk right into a chasm if your not careful.
11 miles Northwest of Bessemer.
12 miles north of Thomaston on a improved trail after a 15 minute walk will discover a vertical drop of 5 to 20 feet.
9 miles Northeast of Crystal Falls.
1/2 miles north of Ramsay.
6 miles northwest of Watersmeet on a improved trail and can expect a 5 to 10 minute walk to witness the 5 to 20 foot drop.
On the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and 3 1/2 miles north of H-58 on Miners Castle Rock you will find a improved trail and a long 45 minute walk to view the vertical 20 foot drop of the falls.
3 1/2 miles southwest of Marquette, right across from Marquette Mountain you will find a unimproved trail and a short 5 minute walk to view the 5 to 20 foot drop. You may have to use a very slippery log that’s in place to cross an adjacent creek to get to the lower portion of the falls. In the Summer many underage locals have used this spot to drink and have done some significant damage by cutting down trees for firewood. Me and my sons have done the best we could as to clean-up the area and report this activity to the DNR.
10 1/2 miles northeast of Munising
12 miles north of Thomaston on a improved trail and a short 5 minute walk to view the 5 to 20 foot drop.
2 miles south of Quinnesec.
13 miles west of Bergland.
No Name Falls
4 miles south of Herman.
10 miles north of Thomaston.
1 1/2 miles west of White Pine
10 miles north of Thomaston.
8 miles north of Thomaston.
8 miles north of Bruce Crossing you can find a improved trail and can expect a walking time of 20 to 45 minutes to witness the 20+ foot vertical drop.
7 miles northwest of Kenton.
Within the beautiful Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park you will find a improved trail and can expect to take a 5 to 15 minute walk to view the 5 to 20 foot vertical drop.
6 miles southeast of Silver City there is barely a trail on this 20-45 minute trek to witness nothing more than a little 5 foot vertical falls drop.
Pinnacle Falls Dam
8 miles southwest of Big Bay.
10 1/2 miles Bessemer on a improved trail with a expected 15 minute walk to discover the 20+ foot vertical drop.
2 miles northwest of Bessemer.
Power House Falls
On US-41, just south of L’Anse, you turn west on Power Dam road, then cross the railroad tracks,then head-straight on a dirt road, where on the right you can see the falls of 5 to 20 foot drop. In plain English; I would not recommend “dicking” around here. There are lots of dangers seen and unseen, not to mention you never know when you can expect a surge of water from the dam above it to open.
4 miles southwest of Loretto.
12 miles north of Bessemer on a improved trail and a 45 minute walk where then a 20+ foot vertical drop can be viewed.
5 miles northwest of Marquette.
Rocky Forty Falls
3 1/2 miles Northwest of Bessemer.
Rudolph Olson Memorial Falls
1 1/2 miles northeast of Munising near the intersection of H-58 & Washington Street you will find a unimproved trail with an expected 10 minute walk to view the 5 to 20 foot vertical drop.
1 1/2 miles west of Grand Marais on H-58 you will find a improved trail and a 5 to 15 minute walk to view the 20+ foot vertical waterfall drop.
12 miles north of Bessemer
11 miles Northwest of Ironwood.
On the south side of M-28 and east side of Lake Superior’s Au Train Bay.
Shining Cloud Falls
9 miles west of White Pine off of a improved trail and a 45+ minute hike you will discover a 20+ vertical drop.
6 miles northeast of L’Anse on Skanee Road.
Silver River Falls
3 miles east of Eagle Harbor.
Can be viewed after purchasing an expensive on-way ticket to Isle Royale, the little 5 foot vertical drop can be viewed. Isle Royale does provide many outdoor attractions to be cherished, but again the ferry ticket is expensive and you should plan ahead as to make the most of your day and outing on the Isle.
Slate River Falls
11 miles from L’Anse on Skanee Road.
1 1/2 miles northwest of Kenton
9 miles north of Sidnaw a improved trail and 30-45 minute walking time you will discover a 20+ foot vertical drop.
Sturgeon Falls Dam
3 1/2 miles southwest of Loretto.
14 1/2 miles north of Ironwood.
Three Rapids Falls
6 1/2 miles north of Bruce Crossing.
2 miles west of Covington.
20 miles north of Thomaston.
5 miles southwest of Silver City on a improved trail and a long 45 to 60 minute walk a vertical drop of 5 to 20 feet can be viewed.
17 miles north of Thomaston
5 1/2 miles west of Big Bay.
Twin Falls Dam
Ask for directions in Menominee.
2 1/2 miles southwest of Marquette.
1 mile south of Quinnesec.
Within the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park you will find a improved trail and after a required 15-45 minute you will see the small 5 foot drop.
Upper Falls-Gratiot River
3 miles northwest of Ahmeek.
Upper Falls-Montreal River
5 1/2 miles east of Bete Gris with barely a trail to follow thru the woods you may come to discover a 20+ foot vertical drop.
Upper Chocolay Falls
2 1/2 miles northwest of Carlshend
1 1/2 miles from Alberta.
6 miles west of Big Bay.
5 1/2 miles east of Bete Grise.
Upper Falls River Falls
Somewhere south of L’Anse.
Upper Silver Falls
2 miles from Herman
Upper Leatherby Falls
8 1/2 miles southeast of Skanee.
Upper Silver Falls
2 miles from Herman.
Upper Tahquamenon Falls
14 miles west of Paradise on M-12 the Tahquamenon falls can be seen off of the many improved trails after a 10 to 15 minutes to view the spectacular 20+ foot vertical drop. There are restrooms and dining at the Camp 33 restaurant and brewery. This is a Upper Peninsula of Michigan must-see!
Victoria Dam Falls
4 miles southwest of Rockland.
5 1/2 miles southwest of Nisula.
5 miles south of Palmer.
West Branch Falls
6 miles southeast of Skanee.
West Branch Sturgeon Falls
2 miles south of Nisula.
White City Falls
7 1/2 miles southwest of Ishpeming.
4 miles northeast of Trenary.
8 miles west of Paulding.
1 1/2 miles southwest of Twin Lakes.
Wylie Dam Falls
Southwest of Big Bay
Yellow Dog Creek
5 miles south of Big Bay
3 miles north of Marenisco.
Make sure to bring your camera, sturdy foot-wear, and bug repellent depending upon the time of year. Enjoy!