Laughing Whitefish Falls, photo by James Marvin Phelps
GoWaterfalling’s page on the Laughing Whitefish Falls says (in part):
Laughing Whitefish Falls is in the Laughing Whitefish State Park. This is one of the most impressive of Michigan’s waterfalls. I believe it is the highest waterfall in Michigan that is readily visitable.
The falls can be found off of M-94, about 30 miles from Munising or Marquette, and just outside of Chatham…
The waterfall is named for the river. The river is so named because the mouth of the river resembled a laughing fish when viewed by the Ojibwe from Lake Superior.
Get detailed directions at GoWaterfalling.com. They add that later in the year the water flow can get thin enough to be hardly visible!
To answer the question of the height, I found a very cool list of Michigan waterfalls by height at the World Waterfall Database. At 100 feet tall, Laughing Whitefish Falls check in fourth behind:
- Spray Falls – 140′ (towering and incredible – view by Pictured Rocks boat tour or long hike)
- Jasper Falls (125′, midway between Miners Beach & Sand Point along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore shoreline – they say it’s basically a trickle most of the time)
- Houghton Falls (110′, private property/no trespassing! You can click that link for a Michigan in Pictures photo from someone who got permission from the landowner to visit)
View James’ photo on Flickr and see more in his massive Michigan Waterfalls slideshow including a few nice shots of Spray Falls and some waterfall videos!
PS: Just realized that this photo was from way back in 2005! Amazing that I’ve been doing Michigan in Pictures for so long, and that people like James have been supporting me with their photography for so long!
More Michigan waterfalls on Michigan in Pictures.
memorial falls, photo by Aaron Strouse
GoWaterfalling.com is the go-to source for information about Michigan’s waterfalls. Their page on MNA Memorial Falls says (in part):
MNA Memorial Falls is in Munising, off of H-58. Some of the locals refer to this waterfalls as “Twin Falls”. This is a very seasonal waterfall and is often dry. However when the water is flowing, which may only be after a good rain or when the snow is melting, you will be treated to a very pretty gorge with two waterfalls in it. MNA Memorial Falls is owned by the Michigan Nature Association and it is open to the public.
To visit the falls from Munising, head east on H-58 and turn right on Nestor street. There is a sign that says “MNA Memorial Falls” on the right. Park here and follow the trail. The trail will take you to the top of the falls. There is a small wooden bridge that crosses the creek just above the falls. The trail continues downstream along the top of the gorge and then works its way back to the base of the falls. It is at most a 10 minute walk.
Two streams empty into this gorge, but the second one likely only has water after or during a good rain. One very interesting feature of this gorge is a “window” in the walls between the two falls. You can crawl through this window, or just walk around it. You can see each of the waterfalls through this window.
Read on for lots more including driving directions and information about nearby falls to visit including Tannery Falls. You can also learn more about the Michigan Nature Association and their preserves at michigannature.org.
View Aaron’s photo bigger and see more great shots in his awesome Michigan waterfalls slideshow.
Many more Michigan waterfalls on Michigan in Pictures!
Manabezho Falls Presque Isle River, Porcupine Mountains State Park, photo by John McCormick
Last month Michigan in Pictures regular John McCormick aka Michigan Nut had a feature on the Pure Michigan Blog titled Eight Reasons to Get Out and Explore Michigan’s Waterfalls this Summer.
I think that I may have featured all 8 shots here on Michigan in Pictures, so here’s a pic I hadn’t seen of Manabezho Falls. View it bigger on Flickr, follow Michigan Nut on Facebook and if you need 98 more reasons, here’s John’s Michigan Waterfalls slideshow.
More waterfalls on Michigan in Pictures and speaking of Manabezho definitely check out the story of Manabozho and His Toe.