Canyon Falls, Michigan

Canyon Falls is not a tall waterfall, nor is it even one of the widest waterfalls in Michigan. Many are considerably wider. The thing I was amazed by, though, was the sheer volume of water flowing over the falls. Now this definitely has to do with the timing. I visited in mid-May, just as most of the snow had melted. This may be one of the best times to visit Canyon Falls, though from the pictures I’ve seen, it usually has a lot of water, though maybe not this much.

With Canyon Falls, you get other interesting features. There are at least two other waterfalls along the river in about a half a mile. The other two waterfalls, Middle Canyon Falls and Lower Canyon Falls, are not nearly as large or as interesting, but still nice to see nonetheless. The hike to see other falls takes you though the canyon, which is not that deep. As you’re walking along in this area, pay attention for at least one smaller, likely seasonal waterfall that flows into the larger Sturgeon River.


  1. If you’re heading north on US-41 toward L’Anse and Baraga, the roadside park leading to Canyon Falls and the others will be on your left.
  2. Pull into the roadside area and park.
  3. The trail to the falls is very clearly labeled.
  4. As you walk along the trail, you’ll first pass some smaller drops, and then you’ll come to Canyon Falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip

Canyon Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Canyon Falls?


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