Power Dam Falls on Falls River

small waterfall above the old powerhouse

  • Sandy beach in the empty reservoir
  • Small upper drop
  • Water running around the slanted rocks
  • Split waterfall
  • Small lower chutes flowing around mossy rocks
  • Snow on the upper drops

Just upstream from Powerhouse Falls, Power Dam Falls is an interesting if small drop on Falls River. The water is split into two streams by a chunk of rock plopped in the middle, with the left channel plunging down a series of chutes between the layers and the right a more direct cascade down. Smaller drops are scattered around the falls.

Also, depending on exactly where the old dam was located on Falls River, this waterfall may have been submerged for decades.

Directions

Heading south on US-41 from the Baraga County Tourism Bureau/Subway entrance of L'Anse go to Power Dam Road and turn right, located about 1.2 miles up the hill. Power Dam Road has a sharp bend but stay on it, passing East River Drive, until you hit the dead end. From here you can either hike downstream through the small, dewatered reservoir to the falls or head right to Powerhouse Falls right before the road ends, viewing Powerhouse Falls first before following the river upstream.

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  • Dick Bayerl Oct 29, '19 Wondering about the power house. When was it operating? Was it connected to a grid? Add to this discussion
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  • Joe D Sep 20, '21 I was looking at some old aerials of the area randomly and it appears there was a dam located at the end of Power Dam Rd at least until 1951. It was either drawn down or damaged between 1951 and 1983, then removed between 1998 and 2005. Add to this discussion
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