Manabezho Falls

August 2001

State: Michigan

Location: Porcupine Mountains State Park, western end of the U.P.

Height: 25

Crest: 150

Water Source: Presque Isle River

Waypoint: 46.70778N 89.97167W

Summary: Manabezho Falls is the largest waterfall on the spectacular last mile of the Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains. This is an easily visited falls and well worth the time.

The Manabezho Falls are part of the Presque Isle River's spectacular final dash to Lake Superior. The entire 1 mile stretch is very beautiful, with lots of bare rock and rapids. It is easily accessible from the Presque Isle entrance off of CR-519 on the western end of the park.

Manabezho Falls is the largest, and last named drop on the river. It is also the closest to the main parking lot. A short walk with many stairs will take you to a nice view of the falls. There is an overlook at the top of the falls, but you cannot see much of the falls there. The falls can be seen from the trails on both sides of the river.

Downstream of the parking area is a suspension bridge for pedestrians which leads to Presque Isle. From the bridge you can see the fabulous potholes the river has carved into the gorge. In the summer, when the water is lower, the river goes to the left of the "island" (west), but when the river is high it surrounds the island, resulting in additional falls. In high water Manabezho Falls is very wide, but later in the summer it becomes segmented as seen in the photos on this page.

[Lake Superior] [Porcupine Mountains] Nearby Falls

Manido Falls are just short distance upstream. Nawadaha Falls is a bit farther upstream. Downstream of Manabezho the river plunges into a narrow gorge. The "falls" there have no name, but they are quite interesting. In the spring there is an additional set of falls on the other side of the island.

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