Lower Falls on Falls River

bumpy slide down slate near the L'Anse factories

Large, sliding drop ahead
  • Falls River near the marina
  • Old cement dam
  • Large, sliding drop ahead
  • Icy view downstream to the factory
  • Ice clogging up the dam
  • Mounds of ice and snow on the lower falls

Right outside of L'Anse and within easy walking distance of both US-41 and downtown, Falls River is a staple of Barage County waterfalls. There are a multitude of drops along the mile and a half before the river flows into Keweenaw Bay, with Lower Falls being the downstream stretch. This waterfall is a long, sloped slide over slate rocks, right below the large Middle Falls. A narrow chute in an old cement dam forms a smaller drop downstream from Lower Falls.


The easiest way to reach Lower Falls is from downtown L'Anse. Park near the marina and head towards the river, traveling west on Main Street. Before crossing Falls River on the bridge turn and stay on the east bank, walking upstream. Lower Falls is just beyond the cement dam.

If you're coming down from the highway then keep on the path from the highway. Lower Falls is a short distance downstream from Middle Falls, right past the sharp east bend.

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