The Sturgeon River is a 106 mile long wild, raging river with some pretty amazing waterfalls. One such waterfall is Canyon Falls, called such for a good reason.
There’s a little known waterfall in the Keweenaw called Hungarian Falls.
Fall Creek Falls State Park is a wonderland. It contains Fall Creek Falls, a massive 256 foot tall waterfall, five other waterfalls, 34 miles of hiking trails, a golf course, a campground, and a zip line. Not bad for a state park.
As usual, Steve and I were eager to seek out the supposedly impressive waterfalls in our visit to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. One such waterfall was Rainbow Falls. However, we were both a bit disappointed with this waterfall.
Michigan’s Waterfalls really put those in the Great Smoky Mountains to shame (I’m a bit bias though), but there is one that stood out from the rest. Grotto Falls. Grotto Falls is a 25 foot waterfall that has one major drop. This drop falls over a ledge, providing visitors the chance to walk in behind the waterfall for a different perspective.
On occasion, we discover a location that holds so much interest to us that we end up spending the entire day there. Slate River, located east of L’Anse, Michigan, is one of those places. This wild, isolated river gave us the chance to explore. We trudged up river, climbed and slid down high gorge walls and waded across extremely slippery and oddly angled rocks. In one day, Slate River has become, without a doubt, my favorite river in Michigan.
We have not yet seen all 272 recorded waterfalls in Michigan but we have seen more than most. We never turn down an opportunity to trudge in a river, scale gorge walls or bushwhack through nature to access some of the most wild waterfalls in the state. Waterfalls are, without a doubt, my favorite subject to photograph. And the more wild the better.
Over the past few years, Steve and I have made a huge dent in our Michigan Waterfalls list. This year, however, we seemed to be spending more time seeing waterfalls we’ve already visited instead of discovering new ones. So we planned a trip focused solely on seeking out some we hadn’t seen before, including Black Slate Falls; a new favorite.
This year I’m finally seeing the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore how it was meant to be seen; by hiking. On our annual memorial day weekend trip, Steve and I hiked to Spray Falls, something we had never done before. After experiencing this hike, I couldn’t wait to get back out on the trails and see what other magnificent sights I could discover.
We first encountered Manganese Falls in winter of 2012 when we ventured to Copper Harbor for the first time. We couldn’t see the waterfall very well but we taken aback by the beauty of the gorge below. Where everything outside the gorge was covered in white snow, inside the gorge greenery thrived and the only sign of winter was the massive icicles. Continue reading “A Gorge to Remember – Manganese Gorge”