Northeastern Marinette County, Wisconsin has some of the finest whitewater in the Midwest. The Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers are the primary areas for kayaking and rafting. Most of the waterfalls are in the Crivitz, Amberg, and Pembine recreational areas, 50-80 miles north of Green Bay Wisconsin.
All the waterfalls are easy walking distances from parking areas. Most are located within the County Park system. A small daily or annual park entrance fee is needed for all Marinette County Parks.
A beautiful county park on the Pike River,
1 mile south of Amberg on Highway 141.
Located on the Menominee River. Cross the bridge into Michigan on Highway 8 near Niagara and watch for signs. Take a left at sign and go to the end of the road. It's about a 1/2 mile walk to the rapids. Great rafting at these falls.
Long Slide Falls
Continue on Morgan Park Road to a sign showing the turnoff to Long Slide Falls. A parking area is provided.
From Long Slide Falls, you may want to travel a couple of miles east to Morgan Park for camping, swimming, and picnicking.
Twelve Foot Falls
From the east, take Beecher Lake Road off of Highway 141 to Smeester School Road. Take a left to Trout Haven Road and a right on Trout Haven to Twelve Foot Falls Road. Follow the signs, the road is well marked and part gravel.
From the north, Go south of Pembine on Highway US 141 to Highway 8. Go west on Highway 8 to Lily Lake Road, turn south and follow the signs to Twelve Foot Falls Park.
Eighteen Foot Falls
Eighteen Foot Falls are about 1 mile from Twelve Foot Falls. Go north from the park to the second sand road on the right. Drive or walk to the parking area. Follow the foot path to Eighteen Foot Falls on the Pike River.
Carney Rapids on the Pike River
Four Foot Falls on the Pike River
From Twelve Foot Falls Park take Twelve Foot Falls Road south of Trout Haven Road to Forest Road 510 (FR510). Take FR-510 about 1/2 mile to the turnoff to the falls (watch for sign). This turnoff leads to a small parking area where a walking trail leads to the falls. The roads leading to Horseshoe Falls can be rough, particularly in bad weather.
Bull Falls at Amberg
Take Highway K east of Highway 141 about 1/2 mile to the power line right-of-way. Walk a couple blocks north under the lines. A path takes you to the rapids on the Pike River
Goodman Park is a great place for pictures with the large rock backgrounds and attractive Falls. One of the favorite places for local residents.
Veteran's Falls is located in Veteran's Memorial Park on the Thunder River on Parkway Road. Steep slopes with steps lead from the playground to a wooden bridge over the falls.
Quiver Falls on the Menominee River
Photos: Mary Deloria
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