Potato Patch Falls, Michigan

Potato Patch Falls in May 2009

Potato Patch Falls is a waterfall that isn’t advertised on the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore map, but it’s a very beautiful waterfall, and it’s relatively easy to access. It may be difficult to get a view of the whole waterfall, as the rock is very slippery and not very firm in places (at least it wasn’t when I visited this May).


  1. Go down Miner’s Castle Road (Alger County Road H-13) passing over Miners River.
  2. You’ll reach a point where you can turn left toward Miner’s Castle or turn right toward the Lakeshore trail head. Head toward the Lakeshore trail head.
  3. At the parking lot, head up the Lakeshore trail, which starts near the information board.
  4. It’s a moderate climb up the trail. If you hit the sign for Potato Patch Falls, you are at the top of the falls, though it’s not the best view. Walk back down the trail a ways and look for an unmarked trail that has been clearly traversed. It will go downhill a little and hug huge rocks. You will know when you have reached Potato Patch Falls (assuming there is flow).

Accessiblity: 7/10 (easy/moderate, moderately steep but short climb)
Height: 30′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Blue ice near the falls

Where in the World is Potato Patch Falls?


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