Waterfalls

Are you looking for an outdoor adventure? How about chasing waterfalls? With vast natural forests and pristine lakes, Marquette is home to many natural wonders, including an array of waterfalls. With options for everyone, here is a quick list to get your adventure started.

Great Trips For Beginners

Morgan Falls

Morgan Falls is an easy 2.8-mile trail just outside of the city of Marquette and features a short decline to the falls perfect for beginners. This trail is also dog-friendly, though pets must be on a leash at all times per state law. Consider taking the nearby bike trail and walking amongst the trees and river for a more scenic and slightly more challenging hike.

Cataract Dam Falls

Along the Middle Branch Escanaba River, you'll find an easy trail that leads to Cataract Dam Falls, located three miles from Gwinn. Though the trail may be difficult to find, it is best to trail the river until you get to a big sandy bend. The waterfall is also a great fishing spot for bluegill, perch, and bass.

Warner Falls

A 20-foot drop into still water, Warner Falls is a majestic sight to see. Located about eight miles west of Marquette, this waterfall is easily accessible, located off Highway M-35. Visit during fall to see the bold bursts of reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn foliage surrounding the falls. 

Trails for More Advanced Explorers

Dead River Falls

Though more challenging, Dead River Falls is a favorite amongst locals. This trail offers a variety of waterfalls throughout the season and can be a great day trip. With opportunities for cliff jumping and swimming, there is much to do while exploring this trail.

Little Garlic Falls

Little Garlic Falls can be a challenging eight-mile hike round-trip along a river and features a lake only a few miles outside of town. This trip is ideal for folks interested in backpacking.

Off the Beaten Path

A lesser-known trail worth a visit is Reany Falls, which splits into three and can be found by those on their way to visit Dead River Falls. It can be a great addition to your journey if you have the time.

If you’re looking for a guided plan of action, check out this helpful guide featuring four of the top waterfalls in the area you can visit in one day and the specific routes you can take.

Big Pup Creek Falls In Marquette, MI

BIG PUP CREEK FALLS

Co Rd 510, Ishpeming Township, MI

Level of difficulty: Easy

Family-friendly

Dog-friendly

4WD Recommended

Black River Falls In Marquette, MI

BLACK RIVER FALLS

Co Rd 581, Ely Township, MI

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Family-friendly

Dog-friendly

Note: trail bridge is down. No alternate route available.

Carp River Falls In Marquette, MI

CARP RIVER FALLS

Mt. Marquette Rd, Marquette, MI

Level of difficulty: Hard

Dog-friendly

Note: Mt. Marquette Rd. closed to motorized traffic.

Cataract Dam Falls In Marquette, MI

CATARACT DAM FALLS

Cataract Dr, Forsyth Township, MI

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Family-friendly

Dog-friendly

4WD Recommended

Dead River Forestville Falls In Marquette, MI

DEAD RIVER FORESTVILLE FALLS

Forestville Rd, Marquette, 49855

Level of difficulty: Hard

Family-friendly, but use caution

Dog-friendly, but use caution

Little Garlic Falls In Marquette, MI

LITTLE GARLIC FALLS

Little Garlic Rd, Marquette, MI

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Dog-friendly

Woman And Little Girl Playing At Morgan Creek Falls In Marquette, MI

MORGAN CREEK FALLS

Mt. Marquette Rd, Marquette, MI

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Family-friendly

Dog-friendly

Note: Mt. Marquette Rd. closed to motorized traffic.

Woman Looking At Pinnacle Falls In Marquette, MI

PINNACLE FALLS

Co Rd AAC, Champion Township, MI

Level of difficulty: Hard

Family-friendly - use caution

Pet-friendly - use caution

4WD Recommended

Warner Creek Falls In Marquette, MI

WARNER CREEK FALLS

M-35, Palmer, MI

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Family-friendly

Dog-friendly

Wright Street Falls In Marquette, MI

WRIGHT STREET FALLS

Co Rd 492/Wright St, Marquette, 49855

Level of difficulty: Easy

Family-friendly

Dog-friendly

Yellow Dog Falls In Marquette, MI

YELLOW DOG RIVER FALLS

Co Rd 510, Ishpeming Township, MI

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Family-friendly

Pet-friendly

4WD Recommended

Marquette, MI Waterfall Map

MARQUETTE COUNTY WATERFALL MAP

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