Canyon Falls Michigan’s Grand Canyon

by | Aug 14, 2017 | Hiking, Travel

The Canyon Falls trail along the Sturgeon River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been dubbed “Michigan’s Grand Canyon.” It is 15 miles south of L’Anse, Michigan on US 41. There is plenty of parking at the roadside park. Blue slashes along the trail mark the North Country Trail

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Canyon Falls Trail

Michigan’s Grand Canyon popped-up on my news feed a few days before our 2017 Michigan Adventure. Of’course it was click bait and I took it. Since we were headed to Copper Harbor to catch the ferry to Isle Royale, we stopped.

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Imagine Marge Simpson’s voice as you read. Wear appropriate foot ware. Please. The trail is a shin bitter and is slippery when wet. If you must let your kids run about in their crocks, then hold their hand and run along with them. And PLEASE do not let your 4 year old climb over the railing. It is there for a reason. 

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Swimming Hole

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Young ladies passed us with towels tucked under their arms. I asked several, “Did you swim?” They shook their heads no and trudged past us. I tried not to sound like Marge Simpson but a curious hiker.

The swimming hole wasn’t hard to find. Young men lined up waiting to jump. With my best investigative reporter voice I asked a wet, muscular, nearly naked, handsome, twenty something, “Were you scared?” I realized almost immediately it wasn’t the best question. Bless his heart, he answered, “My heart was pounding. I couldn’t see anything.” To which I replied, “Oh was the water dark?” His look said, “Are you dumb?” But he said, “No I couldn’t see if there were rocks below the water?” My look probably said, “Are you dumb?” I finally found my voice and peeked over the edge into the river below and asked, “How do you get out?” A different young man supplied the answer, “There is a rope. You have to climb out, hand over fist.”

Sturgeon River and the Gorge

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Canyon Falls is a marvelous natural wonder just sitting off the highway and waiting for you to explore. We have more photos in our gallery

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