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Page 3 of 4 - Manabezho Falls
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
September 6, 2015

waterfall trail map in the Porcupine Mountains

As shown in the above map, the two RV Gypsies parked in the parking lot shown on the map above, then hiked to Nawadaha Falls (page 1), Manido Falls (page 2), and then they continued on to MANABEZHO FALLS (THIS PAGE), then walked the trail along the Presque Isle River, crossed the suspension bridge, and walked the Lake Superior Trail all the way to Lake Superior, where they relaxed and cooled down in the very cold Lake Superior. (page 4).

Leaving Manido Falls, walking on a boardwalk, and climbing more stairs, the two RV Gypsies saw Presque Isle River and a rainbow.

Presque Isle River and a rainbow Presque Isle River and a rainbow
Presque Isle River and a rainbow Presque Isle River and a rainbow
sign Presque Isle River  and Manabezho Falls sign showing meaning of Manabezho Falls

Manabezho Falls is a waterfall on the Presque Isle River and is located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County, Michigan. With a drop of approximately 25 feet and a crest of 150 feet, it is the largest of the waterfalls on the river. It is below Manido Falls and Nawadaha Falls. The name Manabezho refers to an Ojibway Spirit God.

The Manabezho Falls are part of the Presque Isle River's spectacular final dash to Lake Superior. The entire 1 mile stretch is very beautiful, with lots of bare rock and rapids. It is easily accessible from the Presque Isle entrance off of CR-519 on the western end of the park. (Although the two RV Gypsies did not know that at the time, and they got to this point via a very long hike with difficult, steep inclines and about 200 stairs). They will take the easy way back though.

Manabezho Falls Manabezho Falls

Manabezho Falls is the largest, and last named drop on the river. There is an overlook at the top of the falls, but not much of the falls can be seen from there.

Manabezho Falls Manabezho Falls
Manabezho Falls pothole

THE RIVERBED AND THE POTHOLES

sign about the Riverbed and the potholes

The eddy where the current continually swirls pebbles and sand grains in a circular path.

eddy

The Eddy eventually created potholes and will continue to create more potholes.

potholes potholes
potholes
potholes in the Presque Isle River potholes in the Presque Isle River
potholes in the Presque Isle River

Suddenly the river was flowing very slowly, almost at a standstill.

the riverbed flows more smoothly here

Downstream. there is a suspension bridge for pedestrians which leads to Lake Superior. This is where the two RV Gypsies went next and that and more can be seen on page 4 through the link below.

look below

continue on to page 2 of 4 - Manido Falls Continue on to page 4 of 4 - Lake Superior Trail and the cool down.

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