in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Spectacular Bond Falls, a Michigan Scenic Site, is located on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River, 10 miles north of Watersmeet or 9 miles south of Bruce Crossing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
This scenic waterfall tumbles over ancient fractured volcanic rock in several cascades for a total drop of about 50 feet in all. The falls pools at the bottom creating a little island with a bridge to the island so you can stand in the middle of the falls for an up close view.
There is a new parking area near the base of the falls and an easy level path to the viewing area where you will see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. A 600' boardwalk leads to 6 viewing platforms for a wonderful view of the falls and an ideal location for photographers.
There is also roadside parking at the top of the falls where you will find a little park, picnic tables, grills, and a little store that sells snacks and ice cream.
The old trail with some steep rocky climbs on the east side of the falls is still accessible for hikers and there are other trails through the woods.
The steady flow of water over Bond Falls is controlled by a hydroelectric dam operated by the Upper Peninsula Power Company. The flowage above the dam is a delight for anglers of all ages and a favorite fishing spot for trout.
Directions: Tale US-45 north of Watersmeet for 10 miles and turn east on Bond Falls Road in Paulding. Go 3.5 miles and you will arrive at the top of Bond Falls.
From M-28. just east of Bruce Crossing take Calderwood Road south to Bond Falls Road West. Follow the signs to the parking lot and the boardwalk to the viewing platforms.
Photos by Mary
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