Agate Falls


June 2015

State: Michigan

Location: Ontanagon County, on MI-28, east of Bruce Crossing.

Height: 40

Crest: 60

Water Source: Middle Branch Ontonagon River

Waypoint: 46.48083N 89.09083W

Summary: This is a impressive waterfall, and relatively easy to get to. Stop by and see it on your way to or from Bond Falls The official viewpoint is lacking, but great views are available if you clamber down into the gorge.

Agate Falls is a Michigan State Scenic Site 6.5 miles east of Bruce Crossing on MI-28. There is a roadside park (Joseph F. Oravec roadside park) just past the bridge over the Ontonagon River. This is one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Michigan. Unfortunately the provided trails and overlooks are somewhat limited. With some effort you can scramble down to the river to get some very good views of the falls, which seems to be popular with local fishermen, or scramble up the river banks to get to the old railroad bridge over the falls. The bridge is now part of a snowmobile trail.

I was hoping that after seeing the improvements done to Bond Falls, the access to Agate Falls had also been improved, but no luck.

[Lake Superior] Nearby Falls

Bond Falls is just around the corner. From Agate Falls, go east on MI-28 and take a right onto Agate road. O Kun de Kun Falls is 8 miles to the north. Go west on MI-28 and turn north on to US-45.

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June 2015

June 2015

June 2015

Side view, June 2015

August 2001

August 2001

View from overlook, September 2009

View from overlook, September 2009

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