Ely Falls on Ely Creek

tiny, rocky drop on the outskirts of Cliff mine

Small drop between snowy rocks
  • Piles of Tilden Mine beyond the swamp
  • Small drop between snowy rocks
  • Cascading rapids
  • Dark, deep downstream pond
  • Looking back at the falls
  • A tall, gnarly outcropping

Ely Falls is a tiny set of cascades near the expansive Cliff/Tilden mine. Ely Creek winds around the mine, from one swamp to another, and is squeezed here around a large rock hill. The drops are rather small and have a deep, dark pool below.

Directions

From Greenwood Street in Ishpeming take County Road 476 south through National Mine, about 3.5 miles, and park on the side of the road south of County Road PG. Head east into the woods, past an overgrown route that runs parallel to the road, to the creek. If you bump into an open grassy swamp follow the forest line to the falls (downstream of the grassy area). The upper falls are at the end of this grassy swamp, the lower ones past the deep angled pool. There are a few trails in the area but none that provide a consistent way in.

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  • Mark Piotrowski Jul 14, '16 Hi Jacob-Time for my annual fact check:). Should this not say head EAST into the woods? Add to this discussion
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