Agate Falls is located in the Upper Peninsula and has become a favorite for local residents. It probably is the most picturesque waterfalls in the Copper Country. Agate Falls is located on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River. Like Bond Falls, Agate Falls is on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River in Ontonagon County. The Middle Branch of the River has its headwaters in the pristine waters of Crooked Lake, deep in the Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry of the Ottawa National Forest, about 8 miles southwest of Watersmeet, MI. After the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River passes Bond Falls, the river continues for another 12 miles north when it finally passes under Highway M-28 and reaches Agate Falls. An extended shelf of terraced sandstone creates cascade after cascade as one walks down the path to the Falls. At the Falls, a 40 feet drop in elevation results in spectacular sounds and colors as the water sprays over the rocks, lifting millions of droplets of water into the air.
Agate Falls is just a few minute's walk from the Joseph Oravec roadside park on M-28, four miles west of Trout Creek or eight miles east of Bruce Crossing. The trail from the roadside park on M-28 is well maintained and leads to a small viewing area high above the Falls, offering a far-off view of these beautiful Falls. A railroad trestle overhangs the falls far above, offering another excellent view. A park bench is in the middle of the trestle for people to sit and view the falls, and the walk to the viewing site is handicap accessible.
To gain access to the bottom of Agate Falls, a person will need to go around the main viewing area at the end of the trail and carefully work his way down a long hillside that is not maintained and is very difficult to traverse. A person should not attempt this climb unless in good physical shape. But the effort is worthwhile and allows one to feel up close to the power of the waterfall. Once you get to the bottom of the falls, you can wander around to various viewing sites.
It is best to see Agate Falls in early spring or when Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) decides to release a large amount of water from the Bond Falls Flowage Dam. Then the roar of the Agate Falls can fill the air and reach into a person's bones with a feeling of awe.
Amenities include water, toilets, and picnic tables available at the park, which is generally open from early May through late October. Parking is also available at the Agate Gift Shop, and the owner wishes to invite everyone to visit the Gift Shop.
Address: M-28, Trout Creek, MI 49967
Phone Number: (906) 353-6658
Falls Height: 40
River: Ontonagon River
Want to see other exciting falls in the area? Return to Bruce Crossing and take Highway 45 N. Travel approximately 6 miles, and after crossing the Baltimore River, look for a sign on the right for parking for O-Kun-De-Kun Falls. The Baltimore River is a tributary river feeding into the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River after it leaves Agate Falls. Not as spectacular as Agate Falls but a falls with character.