Carp River Dam Falls on Carp River

an overflow pipe for a stinky basin

The manmade falls of Carp River
  • Cluttered, busy river banks
  • Dam and upstream reservior
  • Rushing pipe emptying the basin
  • The manmade falls of Carp River
  • Looking up the snowy dam

An industrial, rusty steel pipe pours overflow water from a small reservior (Carp River Lake) onto jagged, fragmented rock. Between the height of the drop and the small size of the reservior there is little doubt that a sizeable group of waterfalls are now submerged downstream - today, there is just the pipe splattering water down in a feeble mockery. Recent logging and a nearby landfill adds little scenic value to humble destination.

Directions

Park either in the northern lots for Marquette Mountain (just south of Marquette on County Road 553) or up along Marquette Mountain Road (the first two-track leading west from 553 north of Marquette Mountain). Follow the river upstream past Morgan Falls and Carp River Falls to the dam, 2 miles upstream, a hike made difficult by the steep river gorge and scraggly undergrowth. The south side of the river gives the best view of the drop.

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