Canyon Falls and Gorge: The UP's Grand Canyon (Photos)

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When people compare something to the Grand Canyon, you should probably be all ears. This place is in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and is nowhere near as grandeur, but is an amazing destination you need to experience for yourself. Keep reading to discover all about Michigan’s Canyon Falls and Gorge

Canyon Falls and Gorge Travel Guide

Directions to the Canyon Gorge

Canyon Falls Cliff Jumping

Canyon Falls and Gorge is found off of Highway 41 in Baraga County, roughly 10 minutes from L’anse. The parking lot is a Michigan Rest Stop area so it’s well marked and easy to find. For those who aren’t sure of the area, it’s in the Central North East part of the UP.

Best Things to do at Canyon Falls and Gorge

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  • Cliff Jump – This is the BEST PLACE for CLIFF JUMPING in Michigan
  • Hike – The trail along the gorge is easy and incredibly scenic. This is now one of my top 3 destinations in the entire UP
  • Photograph the Natural Beauty – The amount of compositions at your fingertips is staggering. From long exposures with varying waterfalls, to the nooks and crannies you can navigate yourself to, you are replete with options.
  • Stretch your legs and Recharge – Not everyone needs to partake in the above three but a nice walk into nature during a road trip is always refreshing. Don’t worry, this will be the greatest leg stretch 
  • Fish – Follow the Sturgeon River and cast your line downstream to some unbelievable fishing
canyon falls and gorge
canyon falls and gorge

Hiking to the Sturgeon River

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The Canyon Falls and Gorge hike is roughly 1 mile of flat and level terrain. The beginning of the hike is canopied trees and peaceful streams while walking over sections of elevated trail. 

Shortly after you will be introduced to the River on your left while the terrain remains easy but more rugged. Continuing downstream, the scenery only develops with each new waterfall and widening of the gorge.

The hike doesn’t take long but it’s easy to get engulfed with this Upper Peninsula secluded beauty. For those in a rush or want to experience it quick, plan for a minimum of 20 minutes. 

Canyon Falls and Gorge FAQ

Dogs are allowed at Canyon Falls! Make sure to keep your pup on a leash and let them get some Vitamin D

Kids will love Canyon Falls. Careful around some of the gorge edges as if you slip and fall you will be in real danger. 

Yes. They get used interchangeably but many people refer to the lower end of the trail as the Sturgeon River Gorge. If you ask someone about the area they will direct you to the same spot.

Bathrooms are found in the parking lot at Canyon Falls Gorge. There are also water fountains and water spigots. 

Winter is an amazing time to visit the Canyon Gorge and Falls! Bring your snow gear and camera!

Parking is roadside only when visiting in the winter because the parking lot is not plowed!

Best Things to do in the Upper Peninsula

As much as I love this place, you need to keep moving and see more. What else should you see while taking a road trip throughout the Upper Peninsula? It all depends on what direction you are heading from here. There are so many excellent adventures to be had in any direction from this spot.

If you continue west, Bond Falls is one of the most amazing waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula and only about 45 minutes East.

Houghton, 45 minutes to the north, is the gateway to Copper Harbor, where visitors can mountain bike on globally recognized trails

For Eastbound travelers, make sure to spend some time in Marquette County chasing waterfalls and visiting the 5+ breweries of the area. Continuing east, Munising is home to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which hosts some of the most glorious views and trails in all of Michigan!

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