Warner Falls – A Marquette County Waterfall That’s Easy To Get To
Few counties in the Upper Peninsula offer the number of waterfalls or the diversity of waterfalls that Marquette County does, and even fewer of those waterfalls can be reached as easily as Warner Falls in Palmer can. This 20-foot drop on Warner Creek can be easily viewed from the side of M-35, and there are a couple trails that lead down for a closer view. Depending on recent rainfall or snow melt, it can be a bit swampy below the falls so make sure and wear appropriate footwear.
I first visited this waterfall in the fall of 2006, and it had pretty impressive water flow for being that late in the season. We followed a well-worn path that led right up to the falls, for the view seen above. On our recent vacation, I returned to find that in the spring/early summer, the area is quite overgrown and features a lot more green scenery.
We also discovered that locals have been nice enough to put up a sign pointing the way to great roadside photos. “Picture Point” gave us a great angle, and we found a few faint paths leading down below the falls and up close to the falls. If you’re looking for an easy-to-view waterfall in Marquette County, Warner Falls is definitely worth a stop.
Directions: From US-41 west of Marquette, head south on M-35 for about 8 miles to the small unincorporated community of Palmer. Coming from the north, the waterfall will be on the right side of the road just after you pass through “town.” If you’re approaching from the south, Palmer is about 15 minutes north of Gwinn. Schweitzer Falls is located nearby if you would like to hit another waterfall while in the area, though it requires a bit more work to get to.