Along the southern shore of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, one thing is certain; all things flow to the boss.
The lake is the boss. From the simple flow of water, Alger County is scattered with incredible waterfalls. Peace surrounds you in the company of a waterfall, wonders of how they've formed, and what the first settlers and natives must've thought of their presence and meaning. Take a moment to view our Waterfall Photo Gallery.
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List of Alger County Waterfalls
- Alger Falls | Map Point 1
Located one mile south of Munising where Highway M-94 meets M-28. This waterfall cascades down 30 feet of rock and is easily seen along the east side of Highway M-28.
- AuTrain Falls | Map Point 2
Located just off the Forest Lake Road (CR H-3), 8 miles south of AuTrain or 1/10 mile north of M-94. These falls consist of a series of small steps and cascades that drop about 50 feet within a 200 foot stretch. The beauty here lies not only in the falls, but also in the rapids below the falls. The parking lot is located within sound distance, and less than 100 yards, from the roaring water.
- Bridal Veil Falls | Map Point 3
This fall slides over rock formations of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore directly into Lake Superior, and can be viewed by boat or from a distance along the trail to the Miner's Castle lower viewing platform. This has become a seasonal waterfall thanks to the work of some local engineering experts -- beavers -- so the best viewing time is during snowmelt in early spring.
- Chapel Falls | Map Point 4
Located in the Chapel Basin area of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, about 15 miles NE of Munising. Take H-58 to Melstrand, turn left on Chapel Road, and continue 5 miles to the Chapel Basin trailhead. The maps at the trailhead will guide you to the trail all the way to the right, and the falls are 1.3 miles down this path. The falls drop and cascade well over 100 feet, making for an ideal dayhike highlight.
- Chipmunk Falls | Map Point 5
Located 2 miles east of Grand Marais along Chipmunk Creek.
- Cole Creek Falls | Map Point 6
Located three and a half miles southeast of AuTrain, MI.
- Horseshoe Falls | Map Point 7
This privately owned waterfall, located in southeast Munising, Michigan has a 20 foot free fall drop into a pool below. There is also a trout pond where visitors can feed rainbow trout. Please note, as this is a privately owned waterfall, that there is a fee to visit.
- Laughing Whitefish Falls | Map Point 8
Located on the Laughing Whitefish River, 2 1/2 miles northeast of Sundell. It has a spectacular 100 foot drop; plus its deep gorge and layered limestone walls make it one of the most beautiful in Alger County. There is a 20 minute walk into the falls.
- Memorial Falls | Map Point 9
One of the "Twin Falls" in the Michigan Nature Preserve along H-58 at Washington St. in northeast Munising. Park on Washington St. and cross back over H-58 on foot (please observe 'no parking' signs on H-58). You'll see a stairway leading into the hills directly across from Washington St. This will take you to the Olson / Tannery falls first. Instead, walk up H-58 to the left until you see another small stairway and blue Michigan Nature Association sign (about 50 feet). This trail leads directly to the Memorial falls.
- Miners Falls | Map Point 10
Located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, about 3.5 miles north of H-58, on H-11 towards the Miners Castle. Turn right at the Miner's Falls sign to the trailhead. A foot trail will direct you .6 mile east to the head of Miners Basin. From here you can enjoy the breathtaking view that looks out over Miner's Lake and over the 40+ foot falls crashing down into the basin.
- Mosquito Falls | Map Point 11
Also located in the Chapel Basin area of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, about 15 miles NE of Munising. Take H-58 to Melstrand, turn left on Chapel Road, and continue 5 miles to the Chapel Basin trailhead. Follow trails to the left (a map is posted at the trailhead for guidance) a total of .9 miles to the series of small drops and cascades.
- Munising Falls | Map Point 12
This Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore waterfall is located in northeast Munising across from the city hospital. A short 1/2 mile scenic hike will take you from the visitor's station along the creek valley, and over footbridges either to the base of the 50 foot waterfall to the top. Winter's cold weather often transforms this waterfall into a spectacular column of ice.
- Rock River Falls | Map Point 13
Located within the Hiawatha National Forest approximately 5 miles northwest of Chatham. This waterfall drops over a sandstone ledge into a pool 20 feet below. At the edges of the river canyon below with sandstone outcrops that have been worked by water and weather until caves 10-20 feet have formed. Beautiful ice curtains form from the cave roofs in the winter. These falls are located within the Rock River Canyon Wilderness area, therefore, no motor vehicles are allowed.
- Sable Falls | Map Point 14
Located in Grand Marais along the Sable River.
- Scott Falls | Map Point 15
Located on the south side of M-28, at the east side of Lake Superior's AuTrain Bay. Travelers along M-28 can easily see the 20 foot waterfall from the highway. The MDOT Roadside Park, located directly across the highway from the falls, provides safe and easy parking for those who would like to stop and get a picture.
- Silver Bell Falls | Map Point 16
Located seven and a half miles northwest of Chatham, MI.
- Spray Falls | Map Point 17
Yet another Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore waterfall, the Spray falls drop directly into Lake Superior between Chapel and Twelve Mile Beaches. It is best seen from a boat, however good views can be obtained by hiking in (approximately 3 miles) from the Little Beaver Lake Campground, off of H-58 north of Melstrand.
- Tannery Falls | Map Point 18
One of the "Twin Falls" in the Michigan Nature Preserve along H-58 at Washington St. in northeast Munising. Park on Washington St. and cross back overH-58 on foot (please observe 'no parking' signs on H-58). You'll see a stairway leading into the hills directly across from Washington St. This will lead you along a beautiful and relatively short path along the sandstone canyon to the falls. Once you've reached the falls, you can choose to continue along the path to the other "twin," the Memorial falls.
- Unnamed Falls | Map Point 19
Located near Melstrand, MI.
- Wagner Falls | Map Point 20
Located about 1.2 miles south of Munising on Highway M-94. A short trail will lead you up the Wagner Creek Valley to the falls. These falls are actually a series of small falls and cascades that stretch for about 100 feet. The short hike here, combined with the picturesque beauty of these falls, makes this a perfect stretching place for the road weary traveler.
- Whitefish Falls | Map Point 21
These falls are located about 4 miles NW of Trenary in the southwest corner of Alger County. From Trenary, take US 41 north towards Marquette, watching for Diffin Rd to the left (about 3 miles). Less than 1/2 mile past Diffin Rd you'll find the first end of a loop drive to the left; turn here or on the second end (about another .7 miles). The pathway to the falls can be tricky to spot but is located about half way back in this loop drive on the southwest side of the road.