Farmstead Falls on Middle Branch Escanaba River

gentle slide into a huge, calm pool

Smooth rock around Farmstead Falls
  • Old ruins of a cabin
  • Zooming in on the gentle drop
  • Smooth rock around Farmstead Falls

There is a long chain of waterfalls along the Middle Branch Escanaba River south of the Tilden Mine tailing ponds. Most of the drops are inaccessible, with private property and cabins lining both sides of the river, and Farmstead Falls may well be one of them. Several cabins surround the gentle slide and large downstream pool.


About 5.5 miles north of Gwinn and 11 miles south of Palmer, County Road 565 heads west of M-35 near a bridge over Middle Branch Escanaba. Follow 565 for five miles and turn left on PPH. Follow PPH for a mile and then take a right turn. Follow this track for another 1.2 miles and park at the overgrown clearing on the right side. Meander through this clearing and veer to the left to see the falls on the far side of the pool.

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  • Mark Piotrowski Nov 11, '15 Those of you that are more adventurous and own a kayak. This series of falls could be observed by putting in above White City Falls and taking out a bit above 565 Falls. I have spoken to the couple that own the property where the road going west just north of the falls(565) ends(maps show it continuing,.....NOT! They are Kayaker friendly and gave permission to park there. I have been in contact with kayakers, while crazies run these falls, most would do better to portage them.Add to this discussion
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