Second Falls on East Branch Escanaba River

small ripples along an otherwise calm river

Morning breaking over the calm waters
  • Morning breaking over the calm waters
  • An easy path along the river

After a short jaunt through The Sands, the East Branch Escanaba River flows through Gwinn over two tiny, easily missed drops before joining up with the main branch of the Escanaba. The upper drop is named Second Falls and is just north of the Farquar-Metsa Tourist Park. A nice wooded path leads past First Falls for a few hundred yards to a second, similarly tiny ripple in the calm waters of the river. A large sloping rock slab provides a small camping spot and easy views of the river.

Directions

From the junction of County Road 553 and M-35 head west into Gwinn for 1.4 miles before turning right onto Carbon Street. Stay on Carbon Street for several blocks until Cherry Alley cuts it off on a diagonal, turning left on Cherry. One house later is Iron Street, but across the street is the Farquar-Metsa Tourist Park. Enter the park, staying on the one-way road and going past the campsites. The paved road eventually loops around but there is a dirt path down to a pavilion and a pool on the river on the right side. Either park on the loop or drive down the dirt road and park by the pavilion.

First Falls is located at the head of this pool. Head up the river, past this drop, following the path upstream. There are a few branches that cut off to the river, probably made by fishermen. Continue on the main path to the sloped rock slab and Second Falls.

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