Fall color season is a great time to plan a road trip to visit Michigan’s waterfalls, all but one of which are located in the Upper Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation declares that there are more than 300 falls across the U.P., from the largest at Tahquamenon to some with just five-foot drops. The lone natural waterfall in the Lower Peninsula is Ocqueoc Falls in Presque Isle County.
Although there may be more water rushing over the rocks in spring, I like the autumnal image of red, yellow, copper, orange and gold leaves mixed with evergreens against the rivers and falls.
Some of the falls are fairly easy to reach on accessible paths, but most require a hike—and some hikes can be strenuous.
There are several sources for free information on U.P. waterfalls; check out these sites online. Some info is downloadable and/or available in a print version from the tourism offices below:
Alger County lists 17 waterfalls around Munising
Baraga County maps out 14 area falls
Great Lakes Waterfalls & Beyond has extensive info
The Great Waters highlights 10 falls
Keweenaw County describes 10 falls in the area
Marquette County has info on and directions to a dozen waterfalls
Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation highlights falls and is a source for other information on visiting the U.P.
Western U.P. site features a fraction of those in the region, including the breathtaking five along a short stretch of the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway. On my To Do list.