Countie(s) trail is located in: Alger
Trail Type(s): Cross Country Skiing <> Fishing <> Hiking <> Snowshoe
Trail Measurement: 360 Acres
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Recognition: Legally Dedicated Natural Area
Size: 360 Acres
Management: Laughing Whitefish Scenic Site
Location: In northwestern Alger County, 20 miles southeast of Marquette
Activities: Hiking, Outdoor Education, Birding, Wildlife Viewing
Importance: Laughing Whitefish Falls is considered by many to be the most spectacular of Michigan’s falls. The falls cascade through a picturesque gorge with old growth white pine and hemlock towering above. The falls can be reached by a moderate (.6 mile) hike through beech-maple forest.
Laughing Whitefish Falls is one of the Upper Peninsula’s many impressive waterfalls. The site features 2.5 miles of foot trails that connect to the North Country Trail, as well as a picnic area with water pump and three observation decks overlooking the falls. During the winter, this area is only accessible via snowshoe.
The Laughing Whitefish Falls Scenic Site is a waterfall and state park located in Onota Township and Rock River Township, in far western Alger County, Michigan. The waterfall is in the southern part of the site, in Rock River Township, 8 miles (13 km) south of Lake Superior near M-94.
Laughing Whitefish Falls is formed by an abrupt limestone escarpment of the Laughing Whitefish River, which flows northward into Lake Superior. The falls is located within the Escanaba River State Forest. The escarpment is shaped so as to draw out the cascade into an unusual fan-shaped wall of water.
From M-94, a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) drive northward on Dorsey Road and a one-mile (1.5 km) hike from the roadhead are necessary to reach the falls.
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