Waterfalls of Western U.P. and Northern Wisconsin

If you wanted, you could spend an entire week searching out the waterfalls of the area OR you can use our handy list below to determine which ones are best for you! 

Map of Waterfalls in Western U.P. and Northern Wisconsin

All right...if you want to see a Google Map of all the waterfalls that I am aware of and their GPS coordinates, click here.

Here's the deal...the more I look into and research waterfalls, the more information I come across. I am going to do the best I can keep you updated with coordinates and other pertinent information. However, if I happen to be slightly off ( i.e. coordinates, directions, or descriptions) I apologize in advance and appreciate all feedback.

Lastly, please expect that as I work on this page...the format may change from time to time (the map link or any other link won't change).

 

Iron County, WI

Here is a list of just a dozen within Iron County, WI with the GPS Coordinates. Don't worry, I will create links to a map showing you where all of these falls are...stay tuned.

Spring Camp Falls - N46.34833 W90.23886

Peterson Falls - N46.47460 W90.19885

Kimball Falls - N46.48584 W90.26374

Saxon Falls - N46.56267 W90.41527

Superior Falls - N46.53574 W90.37848

Potato River Falls and Willard Falls - N46.46715 W90.53032

Wren Falls - N46.39774 W90.50694

Foster Falls - N46.42248 W9045887

Rouse Falls - N46.42248 W9045887 - yes I know this is the same as above, but that is what my source says.

Upson Falls - N46.37009 W90.41133

 Black River, Gogebic County, MI

The Black River drains into Black River Harbor in Lake Superior and boasts several absolutely amazing waterfalls. Better yet, they are accessible with very well maintained trails, steps to look-out platforms. For the more adventurous, you can actually start at the top of where the waterfalls begin and hike all the way to Black River Harbor. 

All of these falls can be reached from the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway via CR 513 (just off of Hwy 2).

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is the northernmost waterfall on the Black River, less than one mile (1.6 km) from Lake Superior. It is also the highest. Here, the water drops 45 feet (14 m) down into a rocky gorge. The waterfall creates much mist, which, on sunny days, creates a constant rainbow. The approach to this waterfall is the most strenuous: 200 steps are built on staircases and into the side of the hill, creating a very steep approach.

Great Conglomerate Falls

Great Conglomerate Falls is the southernmost (the Black River flows north) of the more publicized falls and the first large waterfall on the river's approach to Lake Superior. The river drops 30 feet (9.1 m) around a large piece of conglomerate rock, boulders and tree trunks into a deep gorge.

Potowatomi Falls

Potawatomi Falls drops nearly 40 feet (12 m) in two sections around a piece of conglomerate rock, similar to Great Conglomerate Falls.

These amazing falls can be easily reached from a parking lot off Black River Road about 13 miles from U.S. 2. The National Forest's wheelchair-accessible path leads to a picnic area, chemical toilet, and to the unusually beautiful falls. Seen in August, the falls' beauty relies on pattern and complexity rather than on volume, drop, or force. According to Laurie Penrose's subtle description in A Guide to 199 Michigan Waterfalls, "The water passed over the rock in small tendrils of white angel hair, which separated and joined in complicated patterns before reaching the base of the gorge. The delicate picture of this falls—nestled in the gorge and surrounded by the deep greens of high summer—is extraordinary." Wheelchair-accessible.

Gorge Falls and Sandstone Falls

At Gorge Falls, the Black River constricts to about seven feet (2.1 m) across and drops 20 feet (6.1 m) into a steep gorge, creating masses of foam as the water falls against the rocks below. Sandstone Falls drops a total of 25 feet (7.6 m) in two sections, a five-foot (1.5 m) initial drop (pictured) and a 20-foot (6.1 m) second drop. Sandstone Falls is named for the sandstone rocks along the riverbed that the river has cut channels through.

Gorge Falls is simply 1/4 mile downstream from Potowatomi Falls and can be accessed through the same parking lot.

Ontonagon County, MI

All I can say is WOW, I had no idea how many waterfalls Ontonagon County had. Click here for a nice map of where they are as well as some pictures!

The two most notable waterfalls in Ontonagon County are Bond Falls and Agate Falls and are easily accessible from Hwy 45 and Hwy 28, respectively.