Originally named Gold River after the two unsuccessful prospects on its banks, Birch Creek contains two small waterfalls before it joins the Big Garlic River via a swampy inlet. The upper drop is an odd, smooth swell over flat rounded bedrock that barely breaks the water into a foam. The lower drop of Gold Mine Falls is a tight, angry chute foaming over broken rocks surrounded by towering cliffs.
There have been numerous attempts to find gold here in the 1890s under the general name of Saux Head Company. Copper, silver, and gold were all pulled from the earth but never in enough quantity or quality to sustain a long term investment. Little remains in the area from the prospects outside of a few local naming conventions.
Follow County Road 550 13 miles north from Marquette before turning
right left (west) onto Gold Mine Road. Park or walk about a half mile up the road and head south to the river. Falls are within a few hundred feet of each other.