Judson Falls on Slate River

sudden drop on a swampy inlet of Lake Gogebic

Judson Falls across the pool
  • Dark downstream swamp
  • Small lower drop
  • Judson Falls across the pool
  • Down at the falls
  • Upper drops above Judson Falls

A sudden cascade over jagged black rock along an otherwise calm and swampy cedar river, Judson Falls is located along the main inlet for Lake Gogebic. The area around the waterfall is fairly remote in a hilly, swampy forest. The valley below the falls opens up to a large wetland before sluggishly emptying into Ice House Bay.

Directions

Go north for 2.8 miles along Stage Coach Road, driving towards Lake Gogebic from US-2. Pull off on the two-track on the left side of the road. Drive or walk down the muddy two-track, depending on the time of year and your vehicle, sticking to the main ungated road past multiple forks. 1.7 miles from Stage Coach Road take the less traveled right fork northwards for a few hundred yards before cutting down to the river to the west. Falls are downstream just before the river valley opens up and starts getting swampy.

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  • Mark Piotrowski Oct 1, '23 Visited September 2023. Recent logging makes the first half mile easy to drive on the two track. Second half mile not bad. You will reach a fork, with the left for being gated. Park here. Take the right trail, which is very overgrown, almost a mile. You then need to take a right, i left, and another left in short succession to get down to the river and falls.Add to this discussion
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