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Hike the Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop

There is nothing quite like summer in Michigan. The weather is warm, but not terribly hot most days, and there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy. One of the best Michigan summer things to do has to be taking a hike on the Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop in the Upper Peninsula. 

About the Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop

The Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop trail is located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. It provides scenic views of the fast-running Presque Isle River, where you will even see some areas of rapids. This loop is most known for the three waterfalls that you will see along the way. These are Nawadaha Falls, Manido Falls, and Manabezho Falls, with Manabezho Falls measuring an impressive 25 feet high. 

During this 2.3-mile hike, you will go through sections that include forested trails, boardwalks, and even a suspension bridge. When you start on the loop, you will cross a suspension bridge to follow along the east river trail. There are fantastic views along the way. Once you pass the Nawadaha Falls, you will come to another bridge. This bridge will link you to the West River Trail. You can follow this trail to loop around and find your way back to where you parked. 

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Lake of the Clouds Scenic Lookout Area

While you are in the area, you should not miss your chance to take in the beautiful panoramic views offered at the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Lookout Area. This feature of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is one of the most photographed places in the entire Upper Peninsula.

This gorgeous area is located at the end of Highway 107 (107th Engineers Memorial Highway), and you will need a parking pass to visit. You will find several boardwalks in the area offering various views. Take a picnic and enjoy the grand scenery provided by this beautiful sight. 

You can also hike to the lookout location via the Big Carp River Trail or the Escarpment Trail.

Places to Eat in the Porcupine Mountains

After a trek along the Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop, head back south toward Wakefield to refuel your body with some delicious eats.

  • 906 Cafe is a locally owned diner with traditional American cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can fuel up any time of the day.
  • If you’re looking for a homey atmosphere with great service, be sure to visit the Korner Kitchen. Their portions are generous and you won’t leave hungry.
  • And if you’re in the mood for pizza, burgers, or specialty sandwiches, be sure to stop at Club 28, Inc.
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Camping & Lodging Near the Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop Trailhead

Numerous places throughout the area offer a wonderful camping experience. If you are looking for a site with nearby access to the Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop Trailhead, the Presque Isle Campground offers tenting and RV campsites. A bit further away is the Ontonagon County Park Campground and Picnic Area.

In addition to camping, there are several Upper Peninsula vacation rentals nearby:

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