Granite Falls on Black River

mild upper rapids of the Black River

Downstream rapids from the falls
  • End of the road
  • Small drop over solid rock
  • Downstream rapids from the falls

South of Bessemer and Ramsey the Black River drains a network of swamps and lakes near the Michigan/Wisconsin border. It slowly meanders north, dropping down a few mild rapids along the way, before coming to a cacophonous along 513. The first of these rapids is Granite Falls.

Located at the end of a dead-end dirt road, Granite Falls has one sizeable drop of maybe a foot or two before meandering dully through random rocks. It is formed as the river flows next to a large outcropping of granite that offers a limited view of the surrounding river and of the nearby house. This location is best skipped by all but the most diehard of waterfall explorers.


From US-2 in Bessemer turn south on Moore St and follow it for a few blocks. Turn right on 1st Avenue and follow the main route as it curves to the left via Spring Street (do not continue underneath the rail line). Stay on the curvy Spring Street for almost a mile and turn left on Johnson Road (before entering in the small village of Yale). After 1.5 miles turn left on W Harding Road, which goes up a fun little hill before switching to gravel. Take the second right down Black River Lane and park at the end. The river is visible from the road, with the falls a few yards upstream of the dead-end.

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