Copper Falls


July 2004

State: Wisconsin

Location: Copper Falls State Park, near Mellen

Height: 30

Crest: 10

Water Source: Bad River

Waypoint: 46.37306N 90.63972W

Summary: The name sake of Copper Falls State Park. An easy to visit waterfall with a scenic gorge and a very scenic neighbor. There is a $10 day use fee to visit the park. There are many other waterfalls in the area, including two others in the park.

Copper Falls is located in Wisconsin's Copper Falls State Park. The Bad River has carved out an interesting gorge through the rocky terrain so prevalent around Lake Superior. It is hard to get a really good view of the waterfall itself. Most of the river goes around a large chunk of rock in two plunges. The first plunge is pictured above, and the second below. Depending on water levels, some of the river goes around the other side of the rock in a single plunge. This was just a trickle when I was there.

There are several vantage points from which to view different parts of the waterfall. A large part of this trail is accessible to wheel chairs. Brownstone Falls is just a short distance downstream. The gorge just below the confluence of the Bad River and Tyler's Fork is very picturesque. Access to the gorge is prohibited, and would be rather challenging.

[Lake Superior] [Ashland & Iron Counties] Nearby Falls

There are a lot of waterfalls in this area. Brownstone Falls and Red Granite Falls are both in the park. Morgan Falls and Potato Falls are both within 20 miles. Superior Falls is about 40 miles away.

Photo Gallery


July 2004

The gorge below the falls

The gorge at the confluence

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