MARQUETTE - With the largest number of waterfalls in the state of Michigan, Marquette County offers numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy these natural wonders.
There are 22 waterfalls in the Marquette area, according to Pat Black, director of the Marquette Country Convention and Visitor's Bureau. And while many griped about the long-lasting winter season, Black stated that it was the extended snowfall that produces the best waterfalls.
"The fact that the snow is lasting like this, as it melts the streams and waterfalls are going to be glorious," Black said.
A few highlighted waterfalls to explore this spring and summer include:
1. Carp River. Morgan Creek Falls (located near Marquette Mountain Ski Area) Directions: From the US41/McClellan Avenue intersection, travel west on McClellan about 2.7 miles to an opening in the guard rail with a truck trail to the right. The correct trail is the last one on the right before the river and ski hill. Take the trail about 1.4 miles to a small parking area on the left. Park and follow the trail down the hill to the creek. Cross the creek on logs either above or below the falls, where the creek meets the river.
2. Carp River-Upper Falls. Directions: From the Carp River/Morgan Creek Falls parking area, travel west about 1/2 mile to an intersection where the main trail continues straight, a small trail goes to the right and an aqueduct goes to the left. Park on the side of the road, follow the foot trail atop the aqueduct to the southwest. Continue up hill on the foot trail for about 10 minutes until you near the very top of the hill and listen for the falls. Just before a small clearing on the hill top, the small falls trail moves up, then down the hill to the south. Less than 100 yards down this trail is a small cleared out elevated falls viewing area. Continue down the game trail to the right for a ground level view of the falls.
3. The Dead River. Directions: From Wright Street take Forestville Road about 2.5 miles to a parking area and circle drive. Park and walk up the hill. Follow the trail up and around to the top, then head left where you see "Falls" painted on the down aqueduct. Take this trail to the river and follow the riverside trail upsteam for one mile along the series of falls.
4. Dead River-Wright Street Falls. Directions: From Lakeshore Boulevard, travel west on Wright Street for about 3 miles to the Marquette Board of Light and Power Office. Park at the "Fisherman's Parking Area" adjacent to the BLP facility. Walk a short distance west to the base of the Wright Street hill where you will see a gate and access area on the right. Proceed past the gate, across the bridge and up the trail to the falls on the left and the aqueduct straight ahead.
5. Warner Creek Falls. Directions: From the M-28 / M-35 intersection east of Negaunee, travel 9 miles south on M-35 to Palmer. As you go through Palmer, the huge industrial complex on your right is the Empire Iron Ore Mine. As you are about to leave the south edge of Palmer, Warner Falls can be seen from M-35, with a small foot trail leading down to the falls.
To learn more about waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula, visit www.travelmarquettemichigan.com/recreation/waterfalls/.
Editor's note: Facts, map and photos provided by the Marquette Country Convention and Visitor's Bureau's website: www.travelmarquettemichigan.com.
Abbey Hauswirth can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.