The Bonanza Falls is a treasure waiting to be found and explored within the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park. It is located just down the road from the entrance to the Porcupine Mountains. As a result, the Bonanza Falls has easy access and little traffic since it is technically outside the park. As a result, the area has abundant wildlife.
The Big Iron River feeds the Bonanza Falls, which is about 100 feet wide. The Big Iron is a 28.3 mile-long river with its headwaters just north of the Gogebic Ridge, which runs a mile north of Lake Gogebic in southern Ontonagon County. Bonanza Falls has multiple cascading drops, with the largest being no more than 10 feet. However, the numerous cascading drops are also the signature feature of the falls. The Bonanza Falls area on the Big Iron is a favorite for anglers at various times of the year, especially when the salmon are running.
There are many paths up and down the river for visitors to explore. However, during the summer months, climbers on the rocks need to exercise caution as the rocks can be slippery.
To find Bonanza Falls, visitors will need to travel from the intersection of M-107 and M-64 just outside Silver City and go about a mile south on M-64. Then look for a dirt road on the west side of the road. This short road has an information sign about the area's history and Bonanza Falls (also called Greenwood Falls). There is a parking area near the top of the falls. Use caution as the trail to the bottom of the upper section can be slippery.
Address: The intersection of M-107 and M-64 just outside Silver City
Height: 10 feet
There are other fantastic scenic and tourist spots close by while you visit Bonanza 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 small mountains spanning from 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 its vast pristine nature. The "must-see" is the Lake of the Clouds, which sits high up in the Porcupine Mountains. Hikers can access many miles of hiking trails scattered throughout this area, many maintained by the State Park.
The Porcupine Mountains State Park has numerous campgrounds near Bonanza Falls. In addition, there are several motels and cabins on Lake Superior around Silver City to get a good night's rest.