Big Powderhorn Lodging

Vacation Rentals in Ironwood & Bessemer, MI


Area Waterfalls

The Upper Peninsula offers more than 150 breathtaking waterfalls, several of which are close to the Big Powderhorn Village. Whether you want to spend a day hiking to waterfalls or just visit a few, the U.P has the waterfall for you! Below is a list of the most popular waterfalls in the area! For a larger list of the areas waterfalls click here!

Powderhorn Falls
This is a small waterfall off of Powderhorn road.There is a small trail near the edge of the road that will lead you to the top of the falls. At the falls there is a wooden swing chair perfect for picnics!
Directions: Park on the side of the road right across the red chairlift. There is a small white sign in the trees, if you reach the Powdermill Creek Hotel or a big curve in the road you have gone too far. Driving time: 3 min.
Black River Parkway
Black River Falls consists of 5 amazing waterfalls (Great Conglomerate, Potawatomi, Gorge, Sandstone, and Rainbow falls) only minutes away from BPLA. This parkway ends at Black River Harbor where you can hike more trails, take a lunch break on the picnic tables or play in the sand on the beach!
Directions: Take Powderhorn Rd. North through the Powderhorn village to Black River Rd. and turn left. In approximately 10 miles the first waterfall will be on the right with large signs directing you to the parking area. To see the rest of the falls continue on Black River Road and watch for the waterfall signs on the right of the road. Driving time: 17 minutes
Saxon Falls
Saxon falls is located just a few miles from Superior Falls and about 10 miles from Ironwood. The trail to the falls starts off on top of diversion pipes while you cross the river. From there the trail splits where you can choose if you want to see the lower or upper falls.
Directions: Take U.S 2 for 17 miles and turn right onto hwy 122. In 1.5 miles take a right onto County Rd B. When the road takes a 90 degree right turn, turn left onto the dirt road leading to the Saxon Falls Flowage. Follow the signs to the dam. Driving time: 27 min.

Superior Falls
Superior Falls is just a few hundred yards from Lake Superior. This is an amazing waterfall consisting of several drops before it flows into Lake Superior. There are also hidden trails to hike down for a closer view of the falls. For a great view of Lake Superior head down the paved path to a scenic viewing area of the lake!
Directions: Take U.S 2 for 17 miles and turn right onto hwy 122. Follow hwy 122 for about 5 miles (just past the river) and turn left. There is a small sign that says Superior Falls. Driving Time: 31 Minutes
Gabbro Falls
A very lovely waterfall that is also largely wild, despite being just a short walk from your car. This is one of the best waterfalls in the western U.P.
Directions: Take US 2 between Bessemer & Wakefield to Blackjack Road. Turn north and go past 2nd grassline clearing and park (1.5 miles) Walk the line west to river and go upstream fro upper, downstream for lower falls. Driving time: 11 min.
Interstate Falls
Interstate Falls Is an 19-foot waterfall on the Montreal River, along the border between Wisconsin and Michigan. A .03 mile easy trail through hardwood-hemlock forest leads to the falls. Once you reach the falls there are overlooks and viewing areas to take in the beauty.
Directions: Take US 2 West into Wisconsin. 0.6 miles after HWY 51 overpass, turn right onto gravel road (Big sign at entrance of road). Driving time: 12 min.
Kimball Falls
Kimball Falls is a small waterfall on the West Branch of the Montreal River. There is a picnic area, playground, walking trails, fishing area and pavilion near these falls.
Directions: Take U.S 2 out of Hurley for 3 miles, turn left on Park Road and continue 0.2 miles. Turn right on Town Park Road. Driving time: 21 min. 
Potato River Falls
Potato Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Wisconsin. This waterfall is gorgeous and easy to find. The county park, where the falls are located, consists of a parking lot, picnic area, pit toilet, observation deck, and trails to the falls.
Directions: Take US 2 for 21.5 miles and then turn left onto WI-169 S. Then turn right onto Falls road. Driving time: 38 min.
Foster Falls
Foster Falls is the 10th highest waterfall in Wisconsin standing at 25 feet high. This is a gorgeous waterfall and it is fairly easy access to.
Directions: Take US 2 towards Saxon for 17 miles. Then turn right onto WI-122 for 5 miles. Turn right onto Sullivan rd and proceed for 3 miles to the river & falls. Driving time: 39 min.
Copper Falls State Park
Copper Falls State Park is a beautiful state park with many trails that will take you around the falls.  Enjoy seeing the ancient lava flows, deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls from the scenic overlooks along the trails. There are also three terrific mountain bike trails to ride. Parking fee required. 
Directions: Take US 2 to hwy 77 for 25 miles. Once in Mellen, turn right onto Main Street and then turn right onto WI-169N. In 1.5 miles turn into Copper Falls State Park and follow the signs. Fee required. Driving time: 53 min.
Presque Isle River Waterfalls
Your 2.5 mile hike will include sections of boardwalk, forested trail, and a suspension bridge. Soon after leaving the parking lot, you will cross over the suspension bridge to follow East River Trail. Here you will be able to see three gorgeous waterfalls, Nawadaha, Manido and Manabezho falls.
Directions: Start on U.S 2 for 7 miles heading to Wakefield. Turn left onto M-28/Sunday Lake Street for about 1.3 miles and turn right onto Thomaston Road. Continue onto N Co Rd 519 for 14 miles. There will be a Presque Isle River Parking area on your left. Driving time: 41 min. 


Looking for even more waterfalls? Only about an hour North of Big Powderhorn is the Porcupine Mountains State Park which offers over 90 waterfalls in the State Park alone! Other waterfalls on the Michigan side include Yondata Falls, Ajibikoka Falls, Rock Bluff Falls, Bond Falls, Agate Falls, O Kun de Kun Falls, Victoria Dam Falls, Gleason Falls, Cascade Falls and Greenwood (Bonanza) Falls. Click here for a pdf of the waterfalls and directions.