Must-Visit Waterfalls in Michigan

Calling all adventurers, thrill seekers and vacationers: Michigan’s waterfalls are for you. With scenic views, rolling waters and untouched wildlife, Michigan waterfalls offer a serene getaway that will satisfy anyone’s nature needs.

Here are some of our favorites:

Ocqueoc Falls – Apart from being the largest waterfall in Michigan’s lower peninsula, it’s also one of the few falls that offers an immersive swimming experience. The Ocqueoc River’s tumbling waters over time have cut through the area’s limestone bedrock, transforming it into the waterfall it is today. Natural ledges have formed throughout the falls that offer great areas to peacefully relax and soak amongst the tranquil bubbling waters. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the natural ledges provide a platform to jump into the falls. When visiting the falls, it’s always important to exercise caution. Only swim within the designated areas and consider bringing water shoes to prevent the risk of slips on the river’s slick rocks. Plenty of parking and wheelchair accessible ramps make this unique attraction available to everyone. For those who desire more than just a waterfall, the area also contains three- to six-mile hiking loops. These trails provide surreal views of the river and forest habitats. Whether you’re visiting for the views or splashing around, Ocqueoc has something for everyone.

Tahquamenon Falls in fall.
Tahquamenon Falls Photo Credit: Arvind Govindaraj

Tahquamenon Falls – More than 200 feet across with an astounding 50-foot drop, the Tahquamenon Falls are a natural, mighty wonder. Known as one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, behind Niagara Falls of course, Tahquamenon is divided into two sections. The upper falls gush a maximum of 50,000 gallons of water per second, making it not only a sight to see but also a thunderous sound to hear. Ninety-four steps down will get you to the main viewing platform, which will really showcase how massive and powerful these falls are. Four miles downstream, the lower falls are split into five smaller cascading waterfalls that wrap around an island. The lower falls allow visitors to cool off in the Tahquamenon River’s refreshing waters while also getting an up-close look at the impressive waterfalls.

Spray Falls – Nestled deep along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore resides one of the most remote, but awe-inspiring waterfalls: Spray Falls. Sporadically spewing water that takes a 70-foot plunge off the sheer cliffs directly into Lake Superior, it is quite the sight. The closest viewing trail, however, is around four miles, and due to Pictured Rocks’ sharp cliffs, it’s impossible to view this waterfall straight on, except by boat. A kayak or a boat tour offers the best views of this pristine waterfall.

Bond Falls in summer.
Bond Falls Photo Credit: Mike Kestell

Bond Falls – With 600 feet of well-kept board walks, Bond Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in the region. Crystal water from the Ontonagon river floods over ancient volcanic rock, dropping 40 feet and pooling at the bottom to create this scenic waterfall. The waterfall is controlled by a hydroelectric dam allowing for a constant steady stream. For thrill seekers, the old trail on the east side of the falls is still open and offers more of a primitive hike with jagged, sharp climbs. This area is also popular for people who enjoy fishing. Consider bringing your gear and enjoy a relaxing day on the water with this impressive backdrop.

From the picturesque cascading falls, to the thundering rush of gallons of water, to the refreshing dips, Michigan’s waterfalls will take your breath away. Be sure to check out one of these natural wonders today.

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  1. Is there a map to each of these falls? Are most of the falls in the UP, and is there a map available? Thanks,

    1. Hi Ray, the blog features waterfalls located in both the upper and lower peninsula. Feel free to click the links for more info. Thanks!

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