Scott Falls – A Roadside Waterfall Near Lake Superior in Alger County
Scott Falls is one of the easiest waterfalls in Michigan to access. Located just off the side of M-28 between Munising in Au Train, you can even see this waterfall from your car! Scott Creek drops about 15 feet here off a sandstone cliff into a small pool below. Depending on water levels due to recent rains or snow melt you may be able to hop over the creek and get behind the falls. Heavier flow makes this harder but not impossible. Above photo is from June 2010 and the one below is from October 2008.
Due to the usually low water levels of the creek below the falls, it is easy to hop over and get a closer view of the falls or even venture into the cave behind it. This makes for some unique views that just aren’t possible to take in at most Michigan waterfalls.
While Scott Falls is very easy to visit and incredibly accessible due to water levels, there are also times when there is just a trickle or no water at all dropping here. In more than five trips past here in 2013 and 2014, we found no water flowing. When we camped nearby at Munising Tourist Park Campground in June of 2015 it was exciting to once again see Scott Falls flowing! (Below is what it looks like with no water flow)
Directions: Falls are located on the east side of M-28 across from H. J. Rathfoot Roadside Park. A trail from that park follows the shoreline and crosses Scott Creek to reach the well-known “Face in the Rock” of Ojibwe history. You can either park there or on the shoulder on the falls side, it really couldn’t be easier to get to these falls.