Powerhouse Falls, Michigan

Powerhouse Falls is one of a number of waterfalls on the aptly named Falls River. The name of the falls is also very appropriate, since it is found directly next to a powerhouse, which I don’t think is currently functional. I appreciate when waterfall names make at least some sense!

Powerhouse Falls is the waterfall furthest upstream on the Falls River, though there could possibly be more upstream that are not accessible. All of the waterfalls along the river have very odd access points, and this one is no exception. In order to get to the falls, I parked at the beginning of a road that had been blocked off. As I started walking down the dirt road, it can get a little confusing. You’ll have to take a right turn, and from there, you’ll just have to follow the sound of the falls. Right near the falls, there is a picnic area. I guess it felt odd because it seemed like people should be driving down the road and using the picnic area, but nobody was to be found.

Directions:

  1. On US-41, about 1.5 miles south of L’Anse, turn onto Power Dam Road.
  2. Go a little less than a mile. You’ll cross a railroad track and you’ll meet E. River Road.
  3. If I remember correctly, you should park right near the intersection of Power Dam Road. and E. River Road. It looks like Power Dam Road continues, though there will be plastic fencing preventing you from driving further. Park here.
  4. Start walking down that blocked-off road. At one point, you will see the road continue on or you can veer to the right. Turn right.
  5. From here, head down the road to the end, where you’ll find the picnic area, the powerhouse, and the waterfall.
  6. Explore upstream of the falls, where you’ll find some pretty rapids.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 13′
Length of Hike: roadside (though I don’t know if I could get right to the powerhouse)

Powerhouse Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Powerhouse Falls?

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