Waterfalls The Beauty of the Northwoods

From Mercer you can spend a day enjoying some of the finest natural scenery in the Midwest.

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Lake of the Falls

10 feet. Turtle River (Mercer-Turtle Flambeau Flowage Area). Travel north from Mercer on U.S. 51 for 1.4 miles. Turn left (west) on County FF and proceed 5.2 miles. Turn left at Iron County Park/Lake of the Falls sign. Here you'll find Popko Circle picnic and rustic camping facilities & a boat landing with access to the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage via the Turtle River. 

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Kimball Falls

10 feet. West Branch Montreal River (Hurley Area). Travel west out of Hurley on U.S. 2 for 3 miles, turn left (south) on Park Road and continue 0.2 miles. Turn right (west) on Town Park Road. Enjoy the picnic and pavilion area. 

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Gile Falls

As you head west out of Hurley on Hwy 77, drive through the town of Gile and turn left on Kokogan Street. Park at the corner of Kokogan and Mellon (there’s no parking lot, just park on the side of the road). You’ll see a little sign and a row of big boulders. Walk past the boulders and there will be a narrow footpath to your left. Follow that until you reach the falls. They will be on your right.

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Spring Camp Falls

#1 From Hurley via U.S. 51 south travel 4.5 miles, turn right (west) on County C. About 1.5 miles west, the county road turns sharply north - don't take that! Go straight onto Island Lake Road (gravel road). After about a mile it turns south, follow about another 3 miles to Falls Road. Turn right, go about 1.2 miles. This portion of road is more like a trail and quite rough. Once there, follow rustic path signs. 

#2 From Hurley take Hwy 77W for about 4 miles to South Elm Street. Turn left and follow approx. 0.4 miles (road turns sharply to right) to spring camp road. Turn left (south) and go about 5.1 miles down Spring Camp Road (you will cross West Branch Rd.) Continue until you reach a very rough logging road on the left (not suitable for a car). Follow 0.9 miles to falls. ATV/UTV access via Trail 13. 

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Saxon Falls

90 feet. Take Hwy 122 north of Hwy 2 for about 2.1 miles, turn right on County Rd. B. Go approx. 1.7 miles and turn left on Saxon Falls Road as County Rd. B goes sharply to the right. Turn right at the fork in the road after 0.4 mile and proceed to the parking area. Walk to the left and cross the steel footbridge over the river. Once across the bridge, take the path to the left.

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Superior Falls

90 feet. The falls drop 90 feet into the Montreal River near its mouth on Lake Superior. Take Hwy 122 north of Hwy 2 approx. 4.2 miles. Cross the Michigan border and continue another 0.5 miles to a gravel road on the left. A parking area is avail- able.

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Upson Falls

20 feet. Potato River (Upson area). Take Hwy 77 west from Hurley into Upson. Turn north at Up- son Town Park sign, then left at end of street. Af- ter crossing the river, turn left into Upson Town Park. Camping and picnic area available.

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Wren Falls

15 feet. Tyler Forks River. About 5.5 miles south of U.S. 2 on Hwy. 169. Take a left (east) turn on Vogues Rd. Follow the gravel road for 3.5 miles until a hairpin turn. Take the center road for about 1 mile where the road forks. Hike up the hill to a primitive campsite above the north side of the falls.

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Foster Falls

25 feet. Potato River (north of Upson). North from Upson on Hwy 122 for 5 miles. Turn left (west) on Sullivan Rd and proceed 2 miles to the river and falls.

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Rouse Falls

15 feet. Travel west from Upson about 2.5 miles on Hwy 77. Take a right on Casey Sag Rd. Rustic trail is 1 mile north on the right side. It is about a 0.75 mile hike.

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Potato River Falls

90 feet. Potato River
(Gurney area). Head
south from U.S. 2 on

Hwy 169 for approx. 2.8 miles (through town of Gurney). Turn west on Potato River Falls Road, continue for 1.5 miles. Town Park with rus- tic campsites available. ATV access via routes.

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Little Balsam Falls

8 feet. Tyler Forks River. Located approx. 1 mile north of Hwy 77 and less than 0.5 mile south of the confluence of Erickson Creek and Tyler Forks River. There is then a foot path to the falls. These falls are difficult to find and there is no parking area. GPS coordinates are helpful. You can also request our “Sportsman’s Map” for a more de- tailed map.

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Copper Falls

Copper Falls State Park offers spectacular wa- terfalls and deep gorges, hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and camping. Con- cessions open seasonallly. Located about 2 miles northeast of Mellen in Ashland County. Take Hwy 13 to the north side of Mellen and turn northeast on Hwy 169. Go about 1.8 miles. The park entrance will be on your left.

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Interstate Falls

18 feet. East Branch Montreal River (Hurley area). Take U.S. 2 west
of Hurley for 0.6 miles,
turn right on gravel
road at Interstate Falls
signage. Follow road
straight for approx. 0.3
miles to parking on
left. The walking trail
is 0.3 miles to the falls.

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Other Waterfalls in the Region


In Bessemer, turn north on County 513, (approx. 14 miles to falls). Follow signs to Copper Peak and Black River Harbor. After passing Copper Peak look for signs to falls. All falls will be on the right. For additional information Google:

Black River Parkway Falls

GREAT CONGLOMERATE FALLS - 46.375680° 90.031862°
30 feet. Walking trail is 0.75 miles with easy ac- cess.

POTAWATOMI FALLS - 46.381480° 90.030562° 30 feet. Walking trail is approx. 0.125 miles with easy access. Handicap access.

GORGE FALLS - 46.382480° 90.030162°
25 feet. Walking trail is approx. 0.125 miles with easy access.

SANDSTONE FALLS - 46.392880° 90.0246.62° 15 feet. Walking trail is approx. 0.25 miles with easy access.

RAINBOW FALLS - 46.393337° 90.023637° 30 feet. Walking trail is approx. 0.5 miles with easy access.

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