Black River Falls on Black River

steep chute on the Black River between swamps

Looking up at the falls from the island
  • Looking down at the dim chute below
  • Parking area above the falls
  • Looking up at the falls from the island
  • A slanted wooden bridge down to the river
  • Foamy pond below the falls

A steep, wide chute between two swampy sections of Black River. Very easy to access, complete with a clearing for camping, wide paths, and some wooden foot-bridges make Black River Falls a great destination. The waterfall itself is hemmed tight between two large rock outcroppings with a small island downstream granting an excellent direct view of the enclosed chute.

Directions

Drive about eight miles south of Ishpeming on County Road 581. A mile after crossing the bridge over the Escanaba River a dirt road will show up on the right side with a sign for the 'Island Lake Hunting Club'. Follow the roads in, taking the left fork first (right fork is a private seasonal road) then two right forks (about 1.3 miles from 581). You should end up on the top of a 'diamond' if you are looking at a map. Park near the large rocks that block off the parking area and continue on foot for about two hundred yards, following the path in a rough northern direction. To get the best views climb down the leaning wooden pathways to the small island below the falls.

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