Hungarian Falls on Dover Creek

Tamarack's famous chain of waterfalls

Huge lower falls
  • Sun above the uppermost drop
  • Paths along the basin
  • An impressive mossy wall
  • Looking up at the towering lower drop
  • Cathedrals of ice
  • Snowy chute below the dam
  • Wooden bridge over the old trestle
  • Over full flowing upper drop
  • Falls beyond the foamy reservior
  • Foamy chute emptying the dam
  • Overflow chute to the side
  • Brown curtain plunging down the bowl
  • Tall falls to the side
  • Upper falls on the side
  • Barren valley below
  • Huge lower falls
  • Lower Hungarian Falls and rapids

Extending northwest from Tamarack and creating a huge sandstone gorge, Hungarian Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls of the Keweenaw for locals and college students alike. There are around six or seven drops in all along the tiny Dover Creek, though most people consider the lowermost drop - a stunning plunge close to a sixty feet high - the primary waterfall. The width and scale of this waterfall is hard to grasp with limited views along the gorge wall and a trickling waterflow for most of the year.

Above the main waterfall there are a variety of drops, from small stairs to other direct plunges over sandstone. Far upstream, past the small reservior, there is a unique waterfall composed of craggy volcanic rocks, the only non-sandstone drop on Dover Creek. This upper drop has good flow for most of the year while the lower drops are best visited during the spring, when the reservoir is overwhelmed by the snowmelt.


Turn west onto 6th Street (which forks left onto Golf Course Road on its way out of town). The easiest path starts about .5 miles up Golf Course Road at a gated drive. Park here and head to the reservior. The upper falls will be to the right, upstream, while all of the other falls are along the paths to the left. The paths are a bit confusing, weaving and forking around the creek, so just try to keep a close eye on the creek to not miss any of the waterfalls.

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  • Adam Zawisza May 4, '09 I should have gone when you did. I went one week before you and I got stuck in a snow bank. Its nice to see what I was missingAdd to this discussion
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