Thursday, January 2, 2014

Eagle River Falls - Eagle River, Mich.

Eagle River
Eagle River, Mich.

When it comes to Michigan waterfalls that are so easy to visit they shouldn't be missed, Eagle River Falls has to be one of the top five. Locate just off M-26 in the Keweenaw Peninsula village of Eagle River, these falls drop 40 feet, then the shallow river rolls under several bridges before reaching Lake Superior (about 2 blocks away). There are dam remnants at the top of these falls, and spring is likely the best time to view them. Water levels the past five or six times I have been there (photo above is 2011) aren't what they used to be, sometimes only the far right ribbon is flowing. Here is a picture from a trip to the falls in 2000:
The bridge these falls are viewed from has some history of its own, and a Michigan historical marker that is two-sided highlights the history of the bridge and the village of Eagle River.

Another attraction in Eagle River is its lighthouse, which is now a private residence but can be viewed from the opposite side of the river on East Main St. (about a block from the falls). This is a great and quick stop on the way to Copper Harbor, and like most other towns in the Keweenaw Eagle River is full of history.

Getting there: The parking area for the falls is located on the east side of M-26, at 4th Street.

Overall: Good
Hike: Easy


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