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.

Directions:

  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?

Middle Canyon Falls, Michigan

There’s not an official name for this watefall, but this waterfall is found between Canyon Falls and Lower Canyon Falls, so I’ve decided to call it Middle Canyon Falls. This waterfall is probably not noticed by many people. I’m thinking most people end up visiting just Canyon Falls, with a few people exploring beyond to find Lower Canyon Falls. On the way to Lower Canyon Falls, you can listen for this smaller waterfall, though it can be easy to miss. I found that it was easier to look for the falls on the return hike when you’re looking more directly at the river. It is also easier to find the best viewpoint for pictures on the way back.

Directions:

  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.
  5. It might not appear like you can continue on, but continue on the trail to Middle and Lower Canyon Falls.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 8′
Length of Hike: 1.6 miles round-trip

Middle Canyon Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Middle Canyon Falls?

Lower Canyon Falls, Michigan

Lower Canyon Falls is on the Sturgeon River, which I believe has numerous waterfalls spread out over a distance. Right off the highway at a roadside park, you can find this set of waterfalls, Canyon Falls, Lower Canyon Falls, and Middle Canyon Falls in between.

Compared to Canyon Falls, Lower Canyon Falls just isn’t as exciting. That might be because it’s hard to see the whole waterfall. If one could see the whole waterfall, part of which is hidden by rocks, you might find a complex waterfall. From certain angles, I could tell that there might be some very interesting drops. I don’t know if there’s a way to walk to these falls on the opposite side of the river. You’d have to check for private property, but if there is a way, you might want to check it out.

Directions:

  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.
  5. It might not appear like you can continue on, but continue on the trail to Lower Canyon Falls.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: 1.6 miles round-trip

Lower Canyon Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Lower Canyon Falls?