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Dead River Falls

Marquette, Michigan USA

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February 05, 2016

The Dead River Falls are a series of falls and rapids located just west of Marquette Michigan. In a half mile stretch the river drops 90 feet. There are three drops over 15', and a number of smaller drops. The exact number depends on who you ask.

The trailhead to the falls is located behind the power house on Forestville Road. Forestville Road can be reached from Wright Street, which intersects with US 41. Forestville Road is not paved, but is well maintained and easily managed by a regular car. The trail is well marked, and begins as an access road.

The biggest challenge with visiting the falls is getting past the lower drops. The trail reaches the river by the lowest drop on the river, which is only a few feet high. The trail heads upstream to where the river has chewed its way through a big chunk of rock, leaving high rocky walls preventing easy access upstream. You either have to climb up the rocks, or try the paths on the high sandy banks. The latter may be the only option in high water. Neither is especially hard for a reasonably abled bodied person, but likely to stymie the very young or old. Once you get past this obstacle an easy trail follows the river upstream.

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Dead River Falls

Marquette, Michigan

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