Dave’s Falls, Wisconsin

Dave’s Falls is one of those waterfalls that I wouldn’t necessarily go out of the way for, except for the fact that it is very easy to visit (if you’re in the vicinity). Wisconsin does have some tall waterfalls. Big Manitou Falls might be one of the tallest in the Great Lakes region. Many of Wisconsin’s waterfalls, though, seem to be smaller. Dave’s Falls is maybe a total of a 20′ drop, but it’s spread out.

As I’ve said, it’s redeeming quality is that it is easy to visit. Some of those smaller waterfalls, such as Twelve Foot Falls, Eighteen Foot Falls, and Horseshoe Falls, require driving down dirt roads for at least a few miles. It’s not that the dirt roads are bad, but they are more isolated. Dave’s Falls, and its upstream counterpart, Upper Dave’s Falls, around found right of US-141 just south of the village of Amberg. And while Dave’s Falls isn’t extremely tall, it is still an interesting drop. Further north along US-141 are Smalley Falls and the very interesting Long Slide Falls.

Directions:

  1. The waterfall is south of Pembine on US-141. If you’re driving south from there, it’s only about 1 mile from the city, and the road to the park will be on your right.
  2. Turn right onto County Park Road, which leads to Dave’s Falls County Park.
  3. The most prominent path leads to the lower falls, so wander upstream to get this view of the upper falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Dave’s Falls in June 2009

Where in the World is Dave’s Falls?

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Upper Dave’s Falls, Wisconsin

Upper Dave’s Falls is only a few feet tall, but it’s a rather enjoyable set of waterfalls to visit when in northeastern Wisconsin. The benefits to visiting Upper Dave’s Falls (and it’s lower counterpart): 1) It’s pretty easy to visit. There are no long drives down dirt roads or long hikes. 2) There are a number of other waterfalls in the area, so you can hit a bunch of them in one day. Not a whole lot else to say, except that I really do like the color of the rock around the falls.

Directions:

  1. The waterfall is south of Pembine on US-141. If you’re driving south from there, it’s only about 1 mile from the city, and the road to the park will be on your right.
  2. Turn right onto County Park Road, which leads to Dave’s Falls County Park.
  3. The most prominent path leads to the lower falls, so wander upstream to get this view of the upper falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 5′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Upper Dave’s Falls in June 2009

Where in the World is Upper Dave’s Falls?

Smalley Falls, Wisconsin

Smalley Falls in June 2009

For some reason, I can’t remember everything I would normally say about Smalley Falls. Was it hard to get to? I don’t remember! But if I don’t remember, it must not have been that hard. Otherwise I’d remember it!

What I do remember is that Smalley Falls is a waterfall that can be somewhat difficult to view. There are multiple drops that cannot be viewed simultaneously, at least not easily. The photo included here just indicates the largest drop that could be photographed. It’s a pretty waterfall, but the nearby Long Slide Falls is just more interesting. I think they’re on the same river. Check out both of them, though, since they’re so close to each other.

Directions:

  1. From US-41 north of Pembine, turn onto Morgan Park Road. There will be signs indicating a “Waterfall Tour”.
  2. Drive down Morgan Park Road to the sign for Smalley Falls. Turn right and go to the parking area for the falls.
  3. The path to the falls is pretty obvious.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 10′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

Where in the World is Smalley Falls?

Long Slide Falls, Wisconsin

Long Slide Falls in June 2009

If you’re going to check out one waterfall in Wisconsin’s Marinette County (the “Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin”), check out Long Slide Falls. I believe this is the tallest of the falls in the county, dwarfing the others with an estimated height of 50′.

While it is very easy to find and drive to, taking a photo from the base is not exactly a simple task. In order to get to the base, you’ve got to descend about 30-40′, and there’s no semi-level trail. When I got down to the base, and looked back up, I realized how steep the climb down was.

Directions:

  1. From US-41 north of Pembine, turn onto Morgan Park Road. There will be signs indicating a “Waterfall Tour”.
  2. Drive down Morgan Park Road to the sign for Long Slide Falls. You will have passed the entrance to Smalley Falls.
  3. From the Long Slide Falls parking area, try and figure out a way down to the base, where the best views are had.

Accessibility: 4/10 (moderate/strenuous, to get to the base)
Height: 50′
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Long Slide Falls?