Ten-Foot Falls, Michigan

I’m baffled by Ten-Foot Falls. I’m actually baffled by many of the waterfalls with their heights listed. They are almost always not as tall as their name suggests, and Ten-Foot Falls is no exception. If I had to take a guess, I’d say the drop is maybe three feet at most. The river might drop more a little further upstream, but it doesn’t seem like the total drop is ten feet, at least in the near vicinity. (One of my readers helped solve the riddle, there’s a pool below the falls that’s ten feet deep! Thanks for the explanation!)

Another thing: While Ten-Foot Falls is extremely easy to get to, finding it is a little tricky. The waterfall is right off of M-26, but you wouldn’t even have a clue unless you follow some form of directions. Even then, I would suggest going in a roundabout way. The only reason I’d even stop and see this waterfall is that is very close to some other more interesting waterfalls, including Eagle River Falls.

The easiest way I have found to find these falls is as follows:

  1. Start on M-26 in Eagle River, which is near Lake Superior on the Keweenaw Peninsula. You can see Eagle River Falls there.
  2. From Eagle River, head southeast on M-26. As you’re leaving Eagle River, reset the mileage on your odometer.
  3. Drive for 1.4 miles on M-26. After you’ve traveled that distance, look for a gravel pullout area off of M-26 on your LEFT.
  4. This pullout area is only a few feet from the Eagle River and Ten-Foot Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 3′
Length of Hike: roadside

Ten-Foot Falls in May 2009

 Where in the World is Ten-Foot Falls?


2 thoughts on “Ten-Foot Falls, Michigan

  1. 10 ft was not named 10 ft because of its height, it was named 10 ft because of the depth of the pool below the falls, i am 63 years old and have been swimming there since i was 6 years old

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