Considered by many to be one of the Copper Country's most picturesque waterfalls, Agate Falls is located on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River. The falls are created as the river finds its way over an extended shelf of terraced sandstone. The resulting waterfall is a broad band of interlacing cascades and small falls nearly 40 feet high.
Agate Falls is located in Ontonagon County in Michigan. The Falls is just a few minutes walk from the MDOT-maintained Joseph Oravec roadside park on M-28, four miles west of Trout Creek. 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 wonderful Falls. A railroad trestle overhangs the Falls far above. A park bench is placed in the middle of the trestle for people to view the Falls.
To gain access to the views 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 which is not maintained and is very difficult to traverse. It is not recommended to try this climb unless one is in good shape. But the effort is worthwhile and allows one to feel the power of the Falls
Parking, water, toilets and picnic tables are 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 each and everyone to visit the Gift Shop.
Address: M-28, Trout Creek, MI 49967
Phone Number: (906) 353-6658
Falls Height: 39'
River: Ontonagon River
There are other great scenic and tourist spots close by while you visit Agate Falls. Check them out and add them to your plans. You will not want to miss a trip into the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Porcupine Mountains, or Porkies, are a group of small mountains spanning across Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, near the shore of Lake Superior. The oldest growth of northern hardwood forest lies in the mountains that span 31,000 acres. It has become a popular tourist stop to explore it vast pristine nature. The "must see" is the Lake of the Clouds which sits high up in the mountains.
Check out the power of the Victoria Dam, or the vast amount of mining history that includes the Minnesota Mine, the Old Victoria Settlement, or the White Pine Mine. How about taking a trip back in time through an old Irish Cemetery? Maybe your plans include a round of golf at the Ontonagon Golf Club?
If you are on a waterfall adventure the area has plenty to choose from. Start with the Bond Falls, the Bonanza Falls, the Presque Isle Falls, the Overlook Falls, or the O Kun De Kun Falls.
If your planning some fishing how about the Big Iron River also known as the Iron River. The river flows through the Porcupine Mountains and flows out to Lake Superior at Silver City, MI. The Ontonagon River also offers plenty of great fishing opportunities.
Other things to check out are Lake Gogebic, the Ewen Log Jamboree which is a festival held in the summer, camping at the Ontonagon Campground, or visit the Rockland War Memorial.