Gorge Falls

July 2004

State: Michigan

Location: Black River Scenic Byway, 14 miles north of Bessemer

Height: 25

Crest: 10

Water Source: Black River

Waypoint: 46.64028N 90.05028W

Summary: A very scenic waterfall set in a very scenic gorge. An added plus is the close proximity of the equally impressive Potawatomi Falls. These are two of the most impressive falls on the Black River and are also the two easiest to access.

Gorge falls is named for the deep and narrow gorge above and below the falls. This was my personal favorite of Black River Scenic Byway waterfalls. It is also one of the easier waterfalls to visit, being only a short distance from the parking area. There are a fair number of stairs to the falls overlook. It is only a short walk upstream to see Potawatomi Falls.

I do not know how hard it would be to get to the east side of the gorge, or what the views are like.

The Black River Scenic Byway starts north of US 2 near Bessemer. There are signs on US 2. Gorge Falls is about 14.5 miles north of US 2. The scenic area is on the right and is clearly marked.

[Lake Superior] [Gogebic County] Nearby Falls

Potawatomi Falls is just a short walk away. From Gorge Falls you can hike or drive downstream to see Rainbow Falls and Sandstone Falls, or upstream to see Conglomerate Falls. The minor Algonquin and Chippewa Falls are further upstream. North of Ramsay on the Black River you can find Gabbro Falls. It is a 40 mile drive to Manabezho Falls. To the west along the Wisconsin/Michigan border you can find Saxon Falls and Superior Falls.

Photo Gallery

The top of the falls

The stairs to the overlook

The gorge downstream of the falls

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