All waterfalls highlighted on this site are rated with a physical exertion level, 1 is the lowest, 10 the highest (most strenuous). The ratings where determined during DRY terrain. Rain, snow, or ice adds to the exertion levels and can even make it downright dangerous.
NOTE: It is best to visit most of these falls by foot, bike, or a 4×4 vehicle. Remember that trails, rocks, and moss are slippery when wet and it’s very easy to slip on this type of terrain. Please do not allow children to run ahead of you. Do not allow them to ‘explore’ alone. Please use caution when visiting any type of waterfall.
Big Pup Creek Falls
(Lat. N46 Degrees 42′ 42″ Long W87 Degrees 42′ 14″) is located from Marquette – Travel County Road 550 north toward Big Bay approximately 23 miles to County Road 510. Travel about 7 miles (you will cross the steel bridge which spans the Yellow Dog River as directed for Yellow Dog (River) Falls). Drive approximately 2 miles farther on the winding road. Just before the bridge about 60 yard. Park safely off to the side of the road before the bridge. Walk down the hill off the road right of way to the falls. Physical Exertion Level: 2
Black River Falls
( Lat. N46 Degrees 23′ 32″ Long. W87 degrees 46′ 56″) is a quick hike along a scenic path bordered by majestic pine trees. The Black River plunges 20 feet creating an impressive waterfall which can be viewed from an island at the center of the river which is easily crossed by a foot bridge The falls are located 8 miles southwest of Ishpeming. Drive just west of Ishpeming, on US 41, (West Ishpeming Township). You’ll come to a single blinking light which is Lake Shore Drive. Turn left (south). Reset you triplet now. Drive about 1.2 miles. You’ll see a sign that says “National Mine”. Turn right (south) after this sign. You’ll come to a 4-way stop. This crossroad is County Road 581 and go approximately 8.1 miles where you’ll see two signs which say “Island Lake Club” and “Falls”. Make a right here (west). Go approximately .6 of a mile to a fork in the road. Take the right fork and drive about .3 of a mile which is County Road CCP and you’ll see a sign that says “Falls”. Turn right here, and go to the end where you’ll see a parking area identified by a row of stones. Park here. The trail to Black River Falls is to the right of the parking area.
Physical Exertion Level: 5
Carp River – Morgan Creek Falls
Located near Marquette Mountain Ski Area. From the US41/McClellan Avenue Intersection, travel west on McClellan about 2.7 miles to an opening in the guard rail with a truck trail to the right. The correct trail is the last one on the right before the river and ski hill. Take this trail about 1.4 miles to a small parking area on the left. Park here and follow the trail down the hill to the creek. Cross the creek on logs either above or below the falls and enjoy the view where the creek meets the river.
Carp River – Upper Falls
From the Carp River/Morgan Creek Falls parking area, travel west about 1/2 mile to an intersection where the main trail continues straight, a small trail goes to the right and an aqua-duct goes to the left. Park on the side of the road, follow the foot trail atop the aqua-duct to the southwest. Continue up hill on the foot trail for about 10 minutes until you near the very top of the hill and listen for the falls. Just before a small clearing on the hill top, the small falls trail joggles up, then down the hill to the south. Less than 100 yards down this trail awaits a small cleared out elevated falls viewing area. Continue on down the game trail to the right for a ground level view of the falls.
Cataract Dam Falls
From downtown Marquette take Front street south. At the roundabout/travel circle stay right and head west on US 41 for about 1.3 miles. Turn left at M-553/McClellan Avenue(Value Host Hotel is to the left). Travel about 28 miles until you come to a stop sign/T intersection (Shell gas station to your left). Turn right on M-35 and follow M-35 through the city of Gwinn for about 4.5 miles. Turn right on Cataract Road (andled gravel road) and travel for 1.2 miles, where you will come to Y in the road, stay to the left and travel for .5 of a mile until you come to the Cataract Basin parking lot. The dam/falls will be to your right.
The Dead River Falls
(Lat. 46 Degrees 34′ 07″ Long. 87 degrees 28′ 42″) From Wright Street take Foresville Road about 2.5 miles to a parking area and circle drive. Park here and walk up the hill. Follow the trail up and around to the top, then head left where you see <<Falls” painted on the down aqua-duct. Take this trail to the river and follow the riverside trail upsteam for one mile along the impressive series of falls. Physical exertion Level: 9
Dead River-Wright Street Falls
(Lat. N 46 Degrees 34′ 25″ Long. W87 Degrees S 28′ 36″) From Lakeshore Boulevard, travel west on Wright Street for about 3 miles to the Marquette Board of Light and Power Office. Park at the “Fisherman’s Parking Area” adjacent to the BLP facility. Walk a short distance west to the base of the Wright Street hill where you will see a gate and access area on the right. Proceed past the gate, across the bridge and up the trail to the falls on the left and the aqua-duct straight ahead. Physical Exertion Level: 1
Escanaba River Rapids
From Palmer travel on County Road 565 about 7.5 miles south to the bridge over the Middle Branch of the Escanaba River. The rapids can be seen from the bridge looking upstream and can be seen from a interesting perspective under the bridge. Temporary parking can be found along the side of the road on either side of the bridge
Little Garlic River Falls
From Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette, take Hawley Street/County Road 550 north and west about 11 miles to the Little Garlic River crossing. Take the next road to the left and proceed about 1.5 miles to the next river crossing. Park at the parking area about 100 yards before the bridge, north of the river. Pick up the foot trail here and follow the North Country Trail about 1.2 miles west and north to the river campground. Cross the river here and folow the dry river bed up hill to the main stream. Folow the ancient fisherman’s trail upstream on thes south side of the river about 10 minutes to the falls.
Warner Creek Falls
From the M-28 / M-35 intersection east of Negaunee, travel 9 miles south on M-35 to Palmer Michgan. As you go through Palmer, the huge industrial complex on your right is the Empire Iron Ore Mine, one of the largest iron producers in the world. As you are about to leave the south edge of Palmer, Warner Falls can be seen from M-35, with a small foot trail leading down to the falls.
Yellow Dog River 510 Falls
(Lat. N46 Degrees 43′ 43″ Long. W87 Degrees 42′ 43″) is located from Marquette – Travel County Road 550 north toward Big Bay approximately 23 miles to County Road 510. Turn left (west) on County Road 510. Travel about 7 miles to the steel bridge across the Yellow Dog River. Park here on the left (south) side of the road. Follow the hiking trail on the south side of the river approximately 1/2 mile downstream. This is a nice walking trail with few ground obstacles. You will approach the falls from the top (Note: View Big Pup Falls next). Physical Exertion Level: 6
From Big Bay, take County Road 550 south and east about 2.5 miles to county road 510, a large gravel road running south. Take a right on 510, going south almost 6.5 miles to the bridge crossing the Yellow Dog River. Park on the south side of the river and follow the foot-trail east and downstream aobut 7/10 of a mile to the falls.
Yellow Dog River Pinnacle Falls
Take 510 road south from County Road 550, for about 3 miles to the AAA road. Turn west and travel for about 5.5 miles to Pinnacle trail on the left. Turn south for about one mile, then curve east then south for 1/2 mile until the road dead ends in a small parking area. Take the foot trail to the south of the parking area and follow the hill downward southeast, for about 15 minutes. Down by the river follow the ancient trail upstream to the falls.
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