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Bond Falls

Near the town of Paulding in the Upper Peninsula


Approximately 200





Situated in the western Upper Peninsula, Bond Falls is a naturally occurring waterfall near the town of Paulding in southern Ontonagon County. The falls are created as the middle branch of the Ontonagon River tumbles over a thick belt of fractured volcanic rock dividing it into numerous small cascades. Bond Falls are 100 feet wide with a total drop of approximately 50 feet. The steady flow of the falls is maintained by a dam operated by the Upper Peninsula Power Company.

Bond Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit in the Upper Peninsula, with an accessible walkway and six viewing locations. It is an excellent place to take photographs. In order to reach the falls, you will need to take US-45 to Bond Falls Road and then turn on Scenic Overlook Drive. Those wanting to have a picnic can park near the top of the falls and use one of the picnic tables for their outing. The falls are beautiful during all seasons, and hiking trails are open and available year-round; however, from mid-October until mid-May, you may not be able to access the site by vehicle.

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