I spent a lot of time in Michigan, and grew to love the wilderness, and the endless number of hikes and trails throughout this beautiful state. Waterfall adventures never get old, and we’re so lucky to have so many pretty places in our own backyard. Out of Michigan’s over 200 ‘named’ waterfalls, we chose 15 of our favorites.
Here are the most waterfall-tacular places to visit in the wonderful state of Michigan.
1. Spray Falls
Spray Falls drops approximately 70 feet to Lake Superior and creates a spectacular view. Although best viewed from the water, it can also be seen on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks State Park in Munising.
2. Tahquamenon Falls
One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, the Upper Falls has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. If you want to check out this amazing site, you have to travel to Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, way up along Lake Superior in the U.P.
This one was one of my personal favorites when I went to Northern MIchigan University.
3. Dead River Falls
The Dead River is a wild forty-three mile river in Marquette County that flows directly into Lake Superior. Although one can view this river from many different places, the most exciting place to visit it is a mile-long adventure hike just outside of Marquette.
4. Miners Beach Falls
Miners Beach Falls, located at the very West end of Miners Beach in the Upper Peninsula, is just a little treasure waiting to be found. Plan a picnic and bring a blanket, you could spend all day here.
5. Horseshoe Falls
This awesome falls is in Munsing, but it’s private, so an entry fee is required ($5 to $2, depending on age). It’s totally worth it if you’re in the area, because there’s a whole experience that comes with the hike, along with a gift shop at the bottom of the hill.
6. Manabezho Falls
Manabezho Falls is a waterfall on the Presque Isle River and is located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County. With a drop of approximately 25 feet and a crest of 150 feet, it is the largest of the waterfalls on the river.
7. Bond Falls
Bond Falls is a waterfall on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River, a few miles east of Paulding in Haight Township. Parking and picnicking is a breeze, and you can walk right up and sit in them. We always saw kids sitting at the bottom on hot days.
8. Ocqueoc Falls
Ocquoec Falls, provides approximately six miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing opportunities with three marked loops. After hiking the trails, take a swim in the falls! This is the only waterfall located in lower Michigan.
9. Quartzite Falls
This breathtaking waterfall is located in Baraga, along the Slate River. Be prepared to take a nice hike; this trek is not for the weak, but the view is definitely worth the time.
When we used to catch this little canyon during the right time of day, we’d just sit and stare and let the mist fall all over us.
10. Gorge Falls
Did you know we had such a monster in Michigan?
Gorge Falls is a kayakers dream, but you might want a little experience under your belt before you tackle this beast. You might want to just hike to this waterfall and look from a distance. And, you are going to have to head to the Black River in the western U.P. for a peak.
Definitely worth it, though.
11. Hungarian Falls
This waterfall looks like it was plucked right out of the rainforest, but you only have to travel to Hubbell, Michigan for a glimpse. It doesn’t get any better than this swimming hole, but you want to catch it late spring because it dries up by late summer.
12. Canyon Falls
Canyon Falls is along a scenic trail on the Sturgeon River. This is one of my favorite creek/river walks, because you walk along a series of rapids and small waterfalls before you reach Canyon Falls. This is also known as the “Grand Canyon of the U.P.”
13. Saxon Falls
This beast is three falls in one. It’s located in both Michigan and Wisconsin along the Montreal River, but as far as we know, it hasn’t caused any fights between the two states. This waterfall is just too beautiful not to share with two states, isn’t it?
It’s more than 90 feet high. In the early spring during snow melt (or after a heavy summer rain), this thing is possibly the most magnificent waterfall in the region.
14. Alder Falls
Located in Big Bay, this waterfall packs a big punch. The falls plunge 30 feet from a rock outcrop jutting out of the creek and continue their cascade over the rocks lining the riverbed. The fall spans about 15 feet across at its widest section.
15. Black River Falls
Black River Falls is an interesting waterfall near Ishpeming, Michigan. The Black River surges through a narrow channel in the rock creating a splendid display of white water.
We always liked the front view, because it looks like it’s plunging down a straight cliff. This is definitely a great hike to bring the kids and dog to.