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Location:

Ocqueoc Falls

Ocqueoc, MI just west of Rogers City

Population:

Approximately 622

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Ocqueoc Falls is located in Presque Isle County. Although it is small compared to some of the waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula, it is the largest waterfall in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and the only universally accessible waterfall in the country. You used to have to climb through wild areas and down a 14-foot rocky incline to get to the river. But in 1976, the paved Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway was created (named for the 200 year anniversary of the United States becoming a country). It is wide enough for wheelchairs, bicycles, and mobility aids. Benches along the way have adjacent cement pads to accommodate wheelchairs. Once you get to the falls, a decked ramp leads to a transfer station consisting of tiered flat rocks allowing someone to transfer from a wheelchair, down the rocks, and into the water. Four additional loops on the pathway range from 3 to 6 miles. The Ocqueoc Falls are owned by the state of Michigan and managed by Hoeft State Park. The waterfall is fed by the Ocqueoc River, which formed when channels were worn away through the area’s limestone bedrock. Ocqueoc also provides about six miles of scenic hiking, biking, and cross-country ski trails. Be sure to have your camera ready as there are plenty of opportunities to take photos.

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