Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fumee Falls - Iron Mountain, Mich.

Fumee Creek
Iron Mountain, MI

Fumee Falls is so easy to visit that it should never be missed. Located in a roadside park off of US-2, these falls may not be the biggest (and at times may not have much flow), but the setting is peaceful and a great place for a quick stretch or a picnic.
From the parking lot it is easy to hear the sound of falling water, and a short walk leads to this view of the falls and a footbridge:
Up close, the falls are spectacular more in setting than power, and this is a very seasonal falls - don't expect much water flow in dry summer months.
There is a path and some stairs that lead to an upper set of falls, also be sure to check out informational plaques and heed their warnings about staying on the trail to prevent erosion (they have had problems here in the past).
The parking lot also features a Michigan historical marker that tells of the Menominee Iron Range and its impact on the local area throughout history:
Here is a short video of Fumee Falls from June 2013:

Getting there: the Fumee Falls rest area is on US-2 between Iron Mountain and Norway, and it's pretty hard to miss.

Overall: Okay to Good (Seasonal)
Hike: Very Easy

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