19 Breathtaking Waterfalls of Michigan That You Must See!

Michigan is the home of many of the worlds’ most beautiful and enchanting waterfalls. With nearly around 200 named waterfalls, the Mitten State is considered as the place to be when it comes to waterfall sightseeing and adventure.

If you are planning to have some waterfall adventure around Michigan, below are 19 of the best ones that you must see and visit.

Agate Falls Scenic Site

The Agate Falls Scenic Site is a waterfall and scenic site located in Interior Township, in southeastern Ontonagon County, Michigan.

Agate Falls is a 39-foot-high (12 m) waterfall of the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River. Dropping down from the highlands of the western Upper Peninsula, this river drops 875 feet (267 m) from the Bond Falls Flowage to Lake Superior, and Agate Falls is part of this change in elevation. The water flows over a shelf of erosion-resistant sandstone.

Alger Falls

Alger Falls is a waterfall located along highway M-28 (Michigan highway) in Alger County, Michigan near Munising at the junction with M-94. The falls consist of a series of drops, the highest of which is about 15 feet (4.6 m).

Alger Falls just outside of Munising, MI. #upperpeninsula #puremichigan #waterfall #nature #roadtrip

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Bond Falls

Bond Falls is a waterfall on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River, a few miles east of Paulding in Haight Township in southern Ontonagon County, Michigan. The waterfalls are listed by the state of Michigan as the Bond Falls Scenic Site.

#UpperPeninsula #PureMichigan #BondFalls #winter #nature #waterfalls

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Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil Falls is a seasonal waterfall located at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.

Bridal Veil Falls @ Pictured Rocks #upper#michigan#munising#picturedrocks#yooper#adventure

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Douglas Houghton Falls

Douglas Houghton Falls is Michigan’s tallest waterfall at 110 feet (34 m) from the top where Hammel Creek cascades to its base. It is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula between Laurium and Lake Linden just off Highway M-26. The waterfall is situated in a deep gorge that is flanked by sharp loose rock.

#nofilter #UP #douglashoughtonfalls #PureMichigan #waterfall #biggestwaterfallintheup

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Great Conglomerate Falls

Great Conglomerate Falls drops 30 feet (9.1 m) on the Black River in Michigan. It is split into two drops in the summertime when water is lower. The falls takes its name from the large conglomerate outcropping in the middle of the river that forms its segmented appearance.

Laughing Whitefish Falls Scenic Site

The Laughing Whitefish Falls Scenic Site is a waterfall and state park located in Onota Township and Rock River Township, in far western Alger County, Michigan. Laughing Whitefish Falls is formed by an abrupt limestone escarpment of the Laughing Whitefish River, which flows northward into Lake Superior. The falls is located within the Escanaba River State Forest. The escarpment is shaped so as to draw out the cascade into an unusual fan-shaped wall of water.

Manabezho Falls

Manabezho Falls is a waterfall on the Presque Isle River and is located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County, Michigan. With a drop of approximately 25 feet and a crest of 150 feet, it is the largest of the waterfalls on the river. It is below Manido Falls and Nawadaha Falls. The name Manabezho refers to an Ojibway spirit god.

Manabezho Falls on the Presque Isle River #porcupinemountains #upwaterfalls

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Manido Falls

Manido Falls is a waterfall on the Presque Isle River and is located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County, Michigan. With a drop of approximately 15 feet, it is the smallest of the waterfalls on the river. It has a crest between 50 and 150 feet, depending on the river volume. It is above Manabezho Falls and further down from Nawadaha Falls. The name Manido comes from the Ojibway word meaning “spirit” or “ghost”.

Memorial Falls

Memorial Falls are actually two similar waterfalls in adjacent gorges on small streams near the city of Munising Michigan. The larger falls drop approximately 40 feet. There is a cave behind both falls. There is a small natural arch in the sandstone between the two gorges near the top of the falls. The level of water coming over the falls can vary greatly depending on snow melt or rainfall and the smaller of the two falls are often dry. Memorial Falls are two of the less-advertised and less-maintained falls in the area and are accessed via a trail from a residential street above the falls. An additional trail leads to the bottom of the falls. The falls belong to the Michigan Nature Association.

Miners Falls

Miners Falls is a waterfall located on Miners River in the western portion of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County, Michigan. The falls drops about 40 feet (12 m) over a sandstone outcrop with a 10-foot (3.0 m) crest.

Miners Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.

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Munising Falls

Munising Falls is a waterfall located in Munising in the westernmost portion of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County. The falls drops about 50 feet (15 m) over a sandstone cliff. With the exception of the spring thaw, the amount of water falling is relatively small. There are trails leading to multiple viewpoints around the falls.

The Munising Falls Visitor Center includes displays are the natural and cultural history of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, including early iron smelting, geology, forest history, rare and endangered species, logging and recreation. The Center is open seasonally.

Nawadaha Falls

Nawadaha Falls is a waterfall on the Presque Isle River and is located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County, Michigan. The falls has a drop of approximately 15 feet and a crest of 50–150 feet. It is above both Manido Falls and Manabezho Falls. Access to this waterfall requires climbing some rugged trails.

Sable Falls

Sable Falls is a waterfall located on Sable Creek in the easternmost portion of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County, Michigan. The falls tumbles 75 feet over Munising and Jacobsville sandstone formations.[1] The waterfall is approximately one-half mile from Lake Superior. Stairs allow for relatively easy access to the falls. Between 2007 and 2010, the park service extended the boardwalk along the falls to include a portion of Sable Creek downstream from the major (upper) falls to allow visitors to take in the minor (lower) falls and rapids downstream. There is no handicap accessibility to the site.

Sable Falls #puremichigan

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Scott Falls

Scott Falls is a waterfall located along highway M-28 in Alger County, Michigan near the town of Au Train. The falls drops about 10 feet (3.0 m) over a sandstone cliff into a small pool.

Superior Falls

Superior Falls is a waterfall situated on the Montreal River, which forms the border between Iron County, Wisconsin and Gogebic County, Michigan, United States. The falls drop 90 feet (27 m) before the Montreal River empties into Lake Superior at Oronto Bay.

Walk with a view

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Tahquamenon Falls

The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains. The upper falls are more than 200 feet (60 m) across and with a drop of approximately 48 feet (14 m) During the late spring runoff, the river drains as much as 50,000 US gallons (190,000 L) of water per second, making the upper falls the third most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls.

Tannery Falls

Tannery Falls is a waterfall on Tannery Creek located near the city of Munising, Michigan. The Falls are also sometimes called the Rudy M. Olson Memorial Falls. The grave site of Rudolf Olsen can be seen on the path leading to the falls alongside a set of stairs.

There is a cave behind the falls. The level of water coming over the falls can vary greatly depending on snow melt or rainfall. Tannery Falls is one of the less-advertised and less-maintained falls in the area. For a number of years, the falls were under private ownership. The land around the area was purchased by the Michigan Nature Association which created a public nature preserve that includes the nearby Memorial Falls.

Wagner Falls

Wagner Falls is a waterfall on Wagner Creek near Munising, in Alger County, Upper Michigan. They are in the Wagner Falls Scenic Site, a Michigan State Park of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Water flowing over the falls joins the Anna River below the falls, and flows into Lake Superior near Munising.

What are your favorite waterfalls of Michigan?

93 thoughts on “19 Breathtaking Waterfalls of Michigan That You Must See!

  1. These photos are stunning! I visited Michigan over New Years, so I wasn’t able to go out and explore all of the beautiful scenery (it was too cold!) However, this reminds me… I need to head back for another visit to see these for myself!

  2. Believe it or not seeing the waterfalls of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin is on my bucket list. I live in SE Wisconsin so it would be a great long weekend tril. Thanks for putting them in one spot for me!

  3. Absolutely stunning. The picture on Manido Falls makes me want to book a flight right now just to see it. There is something so calming about water and the stars.

  4. Oh my gosh! I used to live in Detroit and got to see a couple of these while I lived there. People always laugh at me (because I live in Hawaii now), but I would move back to Michigan in a heartbeat!

  5. Yes !!! These are amaizng we have a few small ones in Georgia and we live to hike to them but all these definitely make me jealous

  6. Oh my word. These are all so beautiful! We have plans to go to Michigan in a little while, we will have to check some of these out!

  7. Such beautiful places! As a photographer I would love to go and capture their beauty! It makes me ready for summer so I can travel and take pictures again!

  8. Can I just say breathtaking?! I really want to see the Manido falls after looking through your pictures. I’ve never been to Michigan and now you make me want to go!

  9. I find waterfalls so relaxing and I love spending some time in one. It’s would be great to visit these places if I ever find myself in Michigan someday!

  10. My father was from Michigan… I have not been there for ever, I need to get back and visit. These make me want to come even sooner…. I love waterfalls!!

  11. Beautiful waterfalls! I live a long way from Michigan, the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever seen were sailing in and out of Geiranger Fjord in Norway. Simply gorgeous!

  12. Such a stunning photos! I wish I can go there and enjoyed the beautiful view there. I love going to Michigan

  13. Such a great list! People might not think of waterfalls when they think of MI but there are incredible waterfalls here.

  14. I am originally from the midwest, so I knew Michigan was a great state, but WOW, this is beautiful! I think we may be visiting your great state the next time we are in the area.

  15. Those are some gorgeous waterfalls! I should look and see what is available in my state. If I ever get to Michigan I will have to check some of these out.

  16. Michigan has been one of my favorite places to visit for a long time, but never had a chance to explore yet. Being a nature lover both me & my husband would love spending time at almost all the falls, where Alger, Munising & Scott would be my favorites.

  17. Simply gorgeous! Such a great tourism post with a very personal touch! Enjoyed your pictures and descriptions!

  18. What gorgeous waterfalls! I have never really explored Michigan, but my best friend is from that beautiful state. I will have to see if she has ever visited these sites.

  19. These are all absolutely stunning! I lived in Michigan and I still say that it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived. I think that says a lot considering I live in Hawaii now!!

  20. I would love to take my kids to see some waterfalls. I don’t think they have ever seen any before. You have inspired me to look for some local waterfalls to show them.

  21. What a lovely post, We spend a few weeks of our summer in Bayview but you’ve totally inspired me to explore. Michigan is a very magical State, we had no idea there was so many waterfalls.

  22. Would love to go on a hike through Michigan, the whole place looks so picturesque and also calm. Great place for a hike or something. Lovely photos!

  23. I love waterfalls so much! I have only seen two of them in my life and they were beautiful.
    Your selection is great and I would like to visit some of them

  24. I love waterfalls so much! I have only seen two of them in my life and they were beautiful.
    Your selection is great and I would like to visit some of them.

    Joanna

  25. Fabulous didn’t realize how many waterfalls there are in Michigan. My co-worker is from Michigan and she gave me a list of some places to visit while there. I’m excited to visit.

  26. I have always loved waterfalls, and I didn’t realize that Michigan had so many of them! I’ll definitely have to visit some of them someday.

  27. I had no idea there were so many waterfalls in Michigan. I especially loved the “Bridalveil” falls, it really does look like a long train that a bride might wear. 🙂

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