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?

Tannery Falls, Michigan

Tannery Falls in July 2008

Tannery Falls, also known as Rudy M. Olson Memorial Falls, is one of the many waterfalls in the city of Munising. I actually really like this waterfall. I think it’s very photogenic and is in such a beautiful area.

I don’t fully remember the hike to the falls, but I do remember being surprised once I got to the falls. I think it may have been due to the fact that I had a different image in my head of what Tannery Falls looked like. It was taller than I expected. It’s narrower than I thought, too.

Directions:

  1. From the center of Munising, head west on H-58 for a little more than a mile.
  2. On your left, you’ll come to Washington Street. If you were to head down Washington Street, you’ll end up at Munising Falls. Instead, IMMEDIATELY after turning left onto Washington Street, park on the right side of the road. You may see other cars there already. If not, it’s not a problem to park there.
  3. From where you parked, carefully walk across H-58, where you should notice a trail that will lead up a hill. There will be a sign for the Michigan Nature Association indicating that you’re on the right trail.
  4. From there, follow the trail to the falls.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate, mildly steep in places, though not a long hike)
Height: 35′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Tannery Falls?