Wagner Falls, Michigan

The first portion of Wagner Falls (can be viewed from the boardwalk) in July 2008

When you first view Wagner Falls, you’re only seeing part of the picture. Much of the picture is hidden and you have to search to find the rest. That’s the fun part about Wagner Falls. There are three (possibly four) drops separated by short distances that create Wagner Falls, and there may be more cascades even further upstream.

In order to view the falls that are upstream, you’ll have to leave the viewing area and climb up some rather steep ground to view the other falls. You have to be extremely careful, not only for yourself but the flora and fauna beneath you. If you’re there in July or August, pay attention for the beautiful Spotted Coralroot, a small but beautiful orchid that survives without photosynthesis.


  1. The simplest way to describe how to get to the falls is to suggest starting from the city of Munising.
  2. Head south on MI-28 from Munising.
  3. After a short distance, you’ll come to the junction of M-28 and M-94. Turn right onto M-94. (Note: Right at this junction, if you look to your left, you’ll see Alger Falls.)
  4. After turning onto M-94, drive a short distance to the parking area for the falls, which will be on your left. It’s right off of the road.
  5. From there, follow the trail to the falls. To see the other falls, you’ll have to leave the trails.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy for 1st falls), 5/10 (moderate for 2nd and 3rd Falls, below)
Height: 81′ (total drops)
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles for first falls, 0.9 miles for all falls

Segment #2 of Wagner Falls in May 2009

The 3rd, uppermost segment of Wagner Falls in May 2009

The first segment of the falls in October 2009

Where in the World is Wagner Falls?


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