Upper Silver River Falls on Silver River

group of drops in a deep conglomerate gorge

Overview of the snowy uppermost drops
  • Narrow, rocky river
  • Gentle rolls between snowy banks
  • Ice forming along the banks
  • Steep narrow gorge
  • Slides within the conglomerate gorge
  • Overview of the snowy uppermost drops

Far upstream from the well-known Silver River Falls off of M-28 the water carves a deep gorge in the Keweenaw's conglomerate ridge to create multiple drops and rapids. Two of the more impressive drops are located furthest upstream, each creating a deep scenic pool below them, although there are plenty of other tall ones along the river below.

Directions

Drive east from Eagle Harbor along M-28 for 4.2 miles. Right before the Brockway Mountain Drive's west entrance the highway crosses a bridge marked with 'Silver River'. Park off the shoulder here and head south, up the river. Once the gorge starts it will be easiest to wade up the creek as opposed to scaling up and down the walls to view the individual drops.

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  • pam May 10, '16 Thanks for the directions. These were tough and I'm glad we did these first thing in the day. Must have hiked 3 miles round trip, but worth it!
    • Jacob P Emerick May 14, '16 Hi Pam, these are indeed tough! I sure hoped you did it on a hot day - they seem perfect for a summer wade.
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