The Misery River headwaters flow out of Lake Roland, one of two Twin Lakes.
Approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Lake Roland, the Misery River begins to flow northwest on a journey to Lake Superior. The Misery River here is a narrow 12-foot wide slowly moving river initially as it makes its way to its first drop about 10 feet down a rocky slope. It seems to disappear for a short time in the boulders that line the river. Then it drops another 10 feet as it cascades in a quick drop through moss-covered rocks.
There is a turnoff on Poyhonen Road that points toward the Omar Golf Course and the Wyandotte Falls just southwest of the Twin Lakes State Park. You will need to drive past the golf course onto a sandy road for a hundred feet or so, and you will see a small parking lot with a sign to the trailhead. The trail is about 1000 feet to the falls, but the path does twist and drops several feet quickly in places. The trail is not handicapped accessible. People unsteady on their feet should probably not attempt this unimproved trail. In the spring and fall, mosquitoes are not a problem but can be irritating during the summer months.
Address: Poyhonen Rd, Wyandotte, MI
Height: 10 Feet
Water Source: Misery River
The Wyandotte Falls doesn’t have much water during much of the year, but if seen in the spring when the snow melts and Lake Roland rises, Wyandotte Falls is spectacular. The walk to the falls is along a single path that can be slippery, especially when it has rained or in the early spring when the falls are at their best.
If you are visiting in midsummer, it is worthwhile to wander along the river through the woods. Ferns and mosses grow here that are beautiful, and at times a rare fern can be found. Walking through this area with a master gardener several years ago, she was utterly delighted by the variety of ferns and wildflowers between the trailhead and the falls.
Omar’s Golf course, formerly known as the Wyandotte Golf Course, is a fun nine-hole course to play with plenty of challenges as you may witness driving to the parking lot. While the spring is the best to see the falls, Twin Lakes, back on Hwy M-26, has an excellent swimming beach and enjoyable
picnic areas if you visit in the summer.
Several small convenience shops are within a mile of the falls, and there is a delightful restaurant within a half-mile of the falls. Various cottages are also available for rent, and if you want to camp, Twin Lakes State Park has excellent facilities.