Alger Falls, Michigan

Alger Falls in July 2008

I believe that Alger Falls might win the award as my most visited waterfall anywhere. I live in Michigan, so it makes sense that one of the falls in Michigan might be the most visited…but why Alger Falls?

Alger Falls is by no means the tallest, widest, or most impressive waterfall in the state (or even county, for that matter). Photographing it can even be difficult because the sun seems to like to play games with the falls.

And yet the reason that the sun plays games is also likely the reason that I’ve seen it so many times. It’s wildly easy to visit. It is a roadside waterfall, just a hundred feet or so from M-28. This is not some back highway with very few cars. This is the main road leading into Munising. At certain times of the year you might not see many cars, and yet during the summer, it’s crawling with people. And if you’re heading into Munising, there’s a pretty high probability you’ll be passing Alger Falls.

The falls are off at an angle, so the first time, there was some hesitation about where to park. Pull off, and you’ll be OK. There’s a sign indicating you’re at the right place. After the first visit, it becomes much less difficult to recognize where the falls are. I think I’ve shown the falls to nearly every person I’ve visited the Upper Peninsula with. Oh, and another benefit…Wagner Falls is less than a quarter of a mile away, and Horseshoe FallsTannery FallsMemorial Falls, and Munising Falls are within a few miles. If you don’t mind expanding the radius further, there are at least 20 relatively easy-to-visit falls in Alger County alone.

Directions:

  1. Heading north along M-28, just about 2 miles from the center of Munising, you’ll find Alger Falls off on your right. There’s a green sign (hard to read at a distance) that indicates you’ve reached the falls!

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 35′
Length of Hike: Roadside

A view of the falls in October 2009

Where in the World is Alger Falls?

Munising Falls, Michigan

Munising Falls in July 2008

Munising Falls is one of the more popular waterfalls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore partly because it is by far the easiest of the waterfalls to visit in the park. It’s essentially in the city limits of Munising (or at least very near), and the trail to the falls is very accessible, even if you have a handicap. Munising Falls is taller than it appears, but even in the spring, it doesn’t have a huge amount of water flowing over. It is still a year-round falls, though.

While you’re at Munising Falls, check out the sandstone. Many of the waterfalls in the area have carved through sandstone, as has much of the Pictured Rocks, and this is one of the best places to view it up close and personal. While you can see the falls from multiple different viewpoints, one of the viewpoints is accessible from a trail that heads up to a higher view of the falls. The sandstone comes in many different colors and is very interesting to touch. Look out for a lot of little “caverns” or holes formed in the side of the rock.

Directions:

  1. From Munising, head east on Alger County Road H-58.
  2. Turn left on Sand Point Road and follow the road to the signs indicating the parking area for Munising Falls.

*If you continue down Sand Point Road past Munising Falls, you can also visit a very nice, sandy beach and the Sand Point Marsh Trail, which is a beautiful trail with lots of wildflowers and wildlife.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 50′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

The falls in August 2009

Where in the World is Munising Falls?