Lower Silver Falls


May 2006

State: Michigan

Location: Baraga County, 6 miles northeast of L'Anse

Height: 20+ in two drops

Crest: 10

Water Source: Silver River

Waypoint: 46.79355N 88.3365W

Summary: This is not a particularly impressive waterfall, but it is easy to visit, unlike most of the waterfalls in Baraga County. It makes a nice stop on your way to visit the wilder waterfalls to the east.

Lower Silver Falls is located in Michigan's Baraga county on the Silver River. The Silver River has many drops, and they are lumped together into the Lower, Middle and Upper Falls. The Lower Falls are not particularly impressive but they are very easy to visit.

The falls consists of two chutes where the river is constricted to a narrow channel. The second is the larger of the two, and the river drops about 15 feet in a thirty foot stretch while taking a turn.

The falls are easy to reach. Head northeast from L'Anse on Skanee Road (it is called Main Street in L'Anse). Turn right onto Falls Road (I think the sign might actually say 'Silver Falls Road'). Follow this road to the end, where you will find a small park. Falls Road is at most a quarter mile long. It is a short and easy walk to view the falls.

[Lake Superior] [Marquette & Baraga County] Nearby Falls

The much more impressive Slate River Falls are another 6 miles to the east. The Slate River Falls are definitely worth a visit, and if you are headed there, there is no reason not to make a quick stop at the Lower Silver Falls. Beyond the Slate River you can find Big Falls and other wild and remote waterfalls. Back in L'Anse you will find Powerhouse Falls and the Falls River Falls.

Photo Gallery




Looking down the lower chute

The upper chute

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