Slate River Falls on Slate River

jagged drop over tilted rock layers into a perfect pool

Dreamy view of Slate River Falls
  • Dreamy view of Slate River Falls
  • Up the fingering falls
  • A long sideways drop along the rock formations
  • Summertime scene at Slate River Falls
  • Slate River gorge
  • Barren river
  • Winding river around sudden rock walls
  • Distant gushing falls
  • White water flowing into the dark pool
  • Spots of snow around the finger falls
  • Sign for Slate River
  • Exposed riverbanks above the falls

As the Slate River empties out of a deep gorge it has one final, impressive setting to flow through. Slate River Falls is an idyllic tumble into a deep pool surrounded by steep banks and towering trees. The waterfall itself is a bit odd, two angled streams of waters plunging down a layered tilt of rock, but the view is quite striking. Getting past this drop to the upstream waterfalls is a bit difficult and involves a tough climb either up the side of the falls or all the way up the east bank.


Park on either side of the bridge over Slate River, about 11 miles east of L'Anse on Skanee Road. Follow the river upstream past to Slate River Falls. There are three more named drops upstream, Ecstasy, Slide, and Kukuck's, that are well worth the tough and wet hike along Slate River.

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  • piovet60 Jul 22, '11 Neither bank is really a good option. I entered the river just above Slate Falls and walked the river all the way up to the last falls,Kakuck's, at least 3 more un-named falls were there, for a total of 7-8. You can then climb to the east bank trail for a relatively easy walk out of the area.Add to this discussion
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