Bond Falls

Bond Falls is one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls in the upper peninsula of Michigan. It also happens to be one of the easiest to visit, even in winter.

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The waterfall is on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River, a few miles east of Route 45 on Bond Falls Road. The entrance is a gravel road, that winds downhill to the parking area, immediately adjacent to the trails and walks along the waterfall. The river drops about 50 feet here. A boardwalk that extends across the river, below the base of the falls, where one can get a perfect view. There are trails on both sides of the waterfall that afford different points of view and photo opportunities. 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.

Bond Falls is beautiful, and popular, in all seasons, summer and fall being the busiest. In winter, snowmobile riders can drive right down to the parking area, but cars are best left at the top near the gate. It is just a short walk down to the falls. The river continues its drop of nearly 900 feet enroute to Lake Superior. To the north the river drops again, at Agate Falls.

Bond Falls is another great Michigan day trip. A cool place to stay is the Running Bear Resort.

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