Dead River Falls is one of the Upper Peninsula’s best hikes and luckily, it’s located in Marquette. What makes this hike so good? Read along for the guide to hiking a premiere trail just outside of town.

Getting to Dead River Falls

Navigating yourself to Dead River Falls is pretty easy if you have map quest on your side. Getting there can also vary depending on conditions, as some of the roads getting there are dirt and have major potholes. Most cars will be fine just be cognizant of weather. Here is where you can find the coordinates for the hike

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Dead River Falls Parking

You know you’re at the Dead River parking lot when you make it to a road that loops back to where you came in on. There is limited parking but usually that’s not an issue. Park up the road IF you are faced with an overcrowded day. Its about a 15 minute drive from the heart of the city.

Dead River Falls Trailhead

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The Dead River Falls trailhead is adjacent to the parking lot. Pass by the gate and scramble up the hill and follow the path for about a .25 mile until you arrive at a set of wooden stairs. Follow these stairs down and your hike is on its way.

The Hike

The hike isn’t very demanding as most of it is a trail running alongside the river. However, there is one tricky part that especially in winter conditions, that may pose a challenge. For avid hikers it’s not much of an issue but it will give the under experienced a bit of a sweat. Take it slow and you will be fine.

The Hike continues up stream for about a mile or so and eventually will lead you to the grand falls that people cliff jump off of when the time is right. If you do venture up to cliff jump, you will find another area above the grandeur falls, that provides some nice calm water. If your group is tired and not athletic and doesn’t want to go up, don’t sweat it, you haven’t missed much.

The hike itself is pretty easy but there are many opportunities to get off trail and bounce around a bit. Depending on your athleticism and energy, there are some incredible lookout points that are definitely worth climbing to. There are numerous spots to wade in the water and also fly fishermen can bait their lines for some fishing. Landscape Photographers will love this hike because of the varying amount of available compositions to be made.

Other Dead River Falls Information

  • Dogs are allowed on the trail! Although they are allowed, the one section may pose a challenge for a dog who isn’t well acclimated to difficult terrain.
  • In the Summer bring Water and Bug Repellent ! Bugs are no joke on this trail.
  • The Trail can get crowded as it’s a local favorite. If possible, caravan as parking is limited or bike/hike in.
  • Bring your camera! This hike is gorgeous and lends itself as one of the best places for photography.
  • There are 3 sets of waterfalls that you will encounter.

Post Hike

You finished your hike, now what? Well all depends on what you’re craving. Are you trying to complete the waterfall loop of the area? Are you craving a more vertical and scenic viewpoint? Is it time to head down to Lake Superior for a relaxing afternoon on the water? Here are some ideas to help maximize your time while experience MarquetteMarquette Breweries

Is there anything else I can help you with? Here is the full link to all of my Michigan resources to get you to where you need to be. If you want, you can hire me as your tour guide where we explore all of the surrounding areas and I make sure you don’t waste any time here. If you’re in to photography, I run 1 hour classes that will also highlight my favorite part of the city.

Either way, hope you guys enjoy your time when visiting. Until then, hope to see you in Marquette or somewhere else in the world. Stay tuned for more posts, pictures and videos.

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