You may have missed some of these waterfalls on your latest trip north. We wouldn’t want to let that happen again.
MICHIGAN—It’s well documented that Michigan is home to many magnificent natural wonders, starting with the Great Lakes and the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, to name a few. There are so many fantastic features in the state that sometimes some of the coolest ones get overlooked.
That is likely the case with Michigan’s waterfalls. Most people have heard of Tahquamenon Falls—the state’s largest set of falls—and rightfully so. The upper falls span more than 200 feet and are a fixture on many Michigan tourist attractions.
But there are other waterfalls across the state we feel deserve a little more recognition. Here are some of Michigan’s waterfalls you may have missed on your most recent trip up north.
Dead River Falls (Marquette County)
Don’t be put off by the name; the Dead River Falls is a wonderful site to see. The falls are a series of drops totaling about 100 feet along the Dead River in Marquette County. Some of the river’s flow is diverted by a dam that was installed upstream from the falls, but the water still flows rapidly, making for a great summer destination.
Hungarian Falls (Houghton County)
Hungarian Falls is actually a series of waterfalls along Dover Creek in Houghton County. Of the three waterfalls, the largest is about 50 feet tall. Hiking boots will likely be required to get the best view of the lowermost portion of the falls because they’re only entirely visible from the base. A lack of established trails to the area makes the trip quite the hike.
Manganese Falls (Keweenaw County)
The Manganese Falls may be a little underappreciated because they can be difficult to get to. Located along a steep road south of Copper Harbor, the falls are sometimes hard to see because trees block where some of the best views would come from. As if that wasn’t enough of an obstacle, the falls can sometimes be dry during the summer months. But if you do get a chance to see them in action, they can be beautiful.
Ocqueoc Falls (Presque Isle County)
The largest waterfall in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the Ocqueoc Falls are sometimes overlooked. The state’s most northern falls garner much of the attention from vacationers, but when it comes to natural beauty, the Ocqueoc Falls certainly hit the mark. The falls feature a tall drop over limestone rock in the Ocqueoc River.
Sable Falls (Alger County)
Sable Falls can be found on the eastern side of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, about a one-half mile from Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula’s Alger County. The falls drop 75 feet over sandstone. ‘Ganders interested in getting a good look at the falls can do so by following a boardwalk that extends along the falls and to Sable Creek.
Spray Falls (Alger County)
Spray Falls drops water from about 70 feet above the Pictured Rocks cliffs and into Lake Superior. While beautiful, the falls are best seen from the lake itself, with trails surrounding the falls offering scenic but limited viewing opportunities. At the base of the falls in 20 feet of water lies the wreck of the ship “Superior,” which floundered here in 1856.
Superior Falls (Gogebic County)
This one almost isn’t a Michigan waterfall. The Superior Falls is near the Michigan-Wisconsin border and empties into Lake Superior. The falls were actually featured in a Discovery Channel TV series after a competitive kayaker traversed strong currents around the falls.
Tannery Falls (Alger County)
Waterfalls are commonly imaged as large drops of water falling onto a lake or river—but sometimes they offer more than just a scenic view. Take Tannery Falls, which is located near Munising in Alger County, for example. Its 40-foot waterdrop conceals a cave hidden behind the falls.