Big Eric’s Falls – A Waterfall on the Huron River Near Lake Superior
While Big Eric’s Falls are nowhere near being the biggest or most impressive falls in the Upper Peninsula, they are easily accessible and are one of the many waterfalls located off of Skanee Rd. along the shore of Lake Superior. Here, on the Huron River near Big Eric’s Bridge Campground (MI State Forest) there are multiple drops of up to six feet here as the river flows over rocky ledges, and access from both sides of the bridge leaves lots of room for exploration.
This is a close-up view of one of the small drops on the left (east) side, which shows the rock formations well. Several large tree branches in the river suggest that it gets much stronger and faster in the springtime.
Edit 7/10/17: A return trip in June 2017 found much higher water levels and a more powerful waterfall (shown directly below).
This is one of the upper drops closest to the bridge, and a smaller drop of around a foot farther downstream. It is a short walk to Lake Superior, and the Huron River area is noted for its fishing and ORV recreational opportunities. There are several other waterfalls on the Huron River that are bigger and more aesthetically pleasing, but they involve more driving/hiking and at least one is on private property.
Finally, a look at the largest drop, far to the right (west bank) and close to the bridge. Other waterfalls worth checking out in this area include Silver Falls, Black Slate and Quartzite Falls and Slate River Falls. Mt. Arvon is also about a half hour from here.
Directions: Big Eric’s Falls can be reached by heading out of L’Anse on Main St./Skanee Rd. for a little more than 18 miles, then turning right onto Eric’s Rd. when a fork presents itself. It’s a little over a mile to the parking area for the campground and falls, the bridge will be in view and only a hundred yards away.