Munising Waterfalls Photo Guide

Munising Waterfalls Photo Guide

To anyone who has visited the beautiful area surrounding Munising and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore… You already know just how incredibly scenic this area of our Upper Peninsula is. Jess and I have been heading up to (or through) the area several times now. Honestly, we can never get enough of the beauty of these Munising Waterfalls. So, we’ve put together a little photo guide for you to enjoy.  Here’s some of the most beautiful spots we’ve managed to visit so far!

You’ll find this guide of waterfalls arranged in alphabetical order.  We have also included GPS coordinates for each location, in case you are looking to visit yourself. All of these views are honestly really easy to access. The most difficult being Memorial Falls and Tannery Falls, due to the somewhat rugged terrain involved.

Alger Falls

Alger Falls is right outside of Munising on M-28. You’ll find this beautiful cascade located on the roadside on the right heading west into town. This picturesque little waterfall is nestled in among the trees and it’s flow can vary quite a lot based on the time of the year and current precipitation conditions. In the picture below, the flow was the heaviest we had ever seen… Fitting, as it was raining for pretty much the entire trip.

Alger Falls in autumn - Munising Waterfall
Alger Falls is found right off the road, just East of Munising at 46.437279,-86.817131

Bridalveil Falls

As a part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Bridalveil Falls cascade gently down into Lake Superior. While the tributary where the falls originate from are unnamed, this is a very popular waterfall in the area for kayakers, hikers, and beachgoers to enjoy. The following photo was taken from near the Miner’s Castle viewing platform. You’ll find this scenic spot just East of Munising in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This is a seasonal waterfall, and may not be much more than a trickle during the drier summer months.

Bridalveil Falls as seen from the beach in Au Train Michigan
This view of Bridalveil Falls is easy to access from near the Miner’s Castle viewing platform at: 46.562222-86.3125

Horseshoe Falls

This unique waterfall is located on private property, right in the heart of Munising. You enter through a little gift shop, pay a small fee, and then have access to the park pathway they have leading to the falls. It is easily accessible and requires no special hiking gear or skill. You’ll also find informational signs throughout the park. These provide historical information about the area and it’s native inhabitants, and also describe some of the natural flora growing in the area. You’ll also find a pond where you can feed the ducks and fish. This is definitely a family friendly adventure. Though it costs a bit to see, it is worth it. Especially if you’ve never had the chance to enjoy this peaceful spot before.

Horseshoe Falls in Munising Michigan
You can find these falls on private property right in Munising. There’s a store and a small fee to enter into the privately run park located at: 46.404178,-86.642466

Hurricane Falls

Yes, yes… The title says “Munising”… However, Grand Marais is not too terribly far away and, is well worth the drive for the intrepid waterfall hunters out there. Definitely give Hurricane Falls a visit if you find yourself exploring the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There’s also camping nearby, and as you’ll see later on; this is not the only waterfall in this area of the National Lakeshore!

Hurricane Falls in the Pictured Rocks near Grand Marais Michigan
Hurricane Falls is East of Munising near Grand Marais in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Find them at these coordinates: 46.637516; -86.147838

Memorial Falls

These falls can be a bit difficult to find, purely because they are nestled within a nature preserve instead of a state or national park. There’s only a small parking pad, across the street from the access to the pathway. The hike is fairly short but, can be a little difficult due to the hilly nature of the area. The view at the end of the journey is well worth it though!

Memorial Falls in Munising Michigan
Peaceful and secluded, even though Memorial Falls are found right in Munising at 46.637516; -86.147838

Miners Falls

This is one of the larger cascades you’re going to find in the area (by volume, at least). Unfortunately, weather and time didn’t permit us to spend a lot of time here. But, we did get a chance to see it at full flow. It gave us a magnificent view from the upper viewing platform we visited.

Miners Falls at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising MI
Miners Falls overflowing with rainwater of spring! Find them here: 46.474654; -86.531060

Munising Falls

Another of the more easily accessible waterfalls in the Munising area, is the beautiful Munising Falls. You can access this beautiful area right in town, and the cascade itself is a fairly short hike from the parking lot. There are two viewing areas. One from the ground area and another from above. The latter, is accessible via stairs that have been installed to make life a little easier.

Munising Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Beautiful, close to town, and easy to access! Find Munising Falls here: 46.423442; -86.621284

Sable Falls

While this gorgeous spot is also not super close to Munising… Again, we feel that it is close enough! Here is another stunning natural scene located near Grand Marais in the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, this view can be had just a short walk from the parking area.

Sable Falls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Grand Marais
Find Sable Falls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore not far from Munising, and closer to Grand Marais at 46.668866; -86.013499

Scott Falls

Scott Falls is another roadside park located right on M-28. You’ll find the view of this waterfall peaceful and super easy to reach right from your car. In fact, you could view it directly from your car. But, where’s the fun in that? Get out and get up close to enjoy the view!

A broad view of Scott Falls near Munising in Au Train
The Scott Falls Roadside park is easy to access at this spot: 46.436923; -86.814453
Scott Falls near Munising in Au Train
Here’s a closer view of this beautiful little cascade with the sun shining through the falls.

Tannery Falls

These falls are accessible from the same parking location as Memorial Falls. There are two separate paths but, they are indeed located in the same preserve. This is the bigger drop and flow of the two here, but they’re both well worth the visit.

Tannery Falls in Munising Michigan
Find this incredibly serene view right in Munising at :46.415503; -86.627103
Jeff at Tannery Falls
Jeff basking in sunlight at Tannery Falls
Jess at Tannery Falls
Jess enjoys a unique beam of sunlight breaking through the trees at Tannery Falls

Wagner Falls State Scenic Site

One of the most popular destinations in Munising has to be the Wagner Falls State Park (Scenic Site). Very easy hiking to get to the main falls, as the bulk of the path is set on a boardwalk to help preserve the delicate landscape surrounding the Anna River. However, the more adventurous folks out there may want to explore further, and find the upper falls.

A closeup of Wagner Falls in Munising
One of the most famous waterfalls in the area is Wagner Falls! Find the little State Park at 46.388701; -86.649031
Munising's Wagner Falls in Springtime
A wider springtime view of Wagner Falls on the Anna River in Munising Michigan
A scene at the Wagner Falls Scenic Site
A scene of a rivulet leading into the Anna River at the Wagner Falls Scenic Area in autumn

Get out and enjoy some Munising Waterfalls soon!

We hope you find our little guide helpful in getting around to some of the easier waterfalls to enjoy in the Munising and the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore Area.

We invite you to suggest other locations here that you’d like us to check out. As always, feel free to share you own experiences and beautiful spots!

Some Helpful Munising Links:

Explore our artwork from the Munising Area.

Munising Visitors Bureau

Our favorite pet-friendly hotel in Munising, the Alger Falls Motel.

Our favorite coffee shop in Munising, Falling Rock Cafe.  (And, who doesn’t love good coffee, am I right?)

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