Best Frozen Waterfalls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula | Have You Seen Munising Falls, Wagner Falls, Tahquamenon Falls, AuTrain Falls and the Famous Ice Curtains at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore?
Where to See the Best Frozen Waterfalls in Michigan! | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
Holy moly, it's cold, you guys! But Chris and I bundled up (in 17 layers) of warm clothes and embarked on a several day adventure to find the best frozen waterfalls in Upper Michigan! We had such fun (SOMEONE more reluctantly than others, lol)
This Michigan winter experience is absolutely exhilarating and seriously needs to be on your Michigan Bucket List!
Where are frozen waterfalls in Michigan? Where can I see a frozen waterfall?
You will see the majority of incredible fall in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Munising and Marquette have several frozen waterfalls that are incredibly picturesque.
- Keep reading for a map, photos and where to find incredible frozen waterfalls in Michigan.
Can a waterfall actually freeze? Yes, absolutely! We have several waterfalls listed below that are frozen during the months of January, February and March (depending on the weather conditions).
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But Here's the Thing...
There are several more waterfalls like Miner's falls and Laughing Whitefish falls that would be incredible to see but they are not plowed in the winter.
The roads are not plowed so they turn into snowmobile trails. You can't drive to them.
If you drive down a road and find that the road changes to "Seasonal" and there is a plowed pile of snow blocking the road, STOP. It's now a snowmobile trail.
Don't drive around it as tempting as it is. Your vehicle will get stuck. We see it happen all the time.
Our waterfalls listed below are accessible by walking within the Munising Area.
See Au Train Falls in Winter!
We love visiting Au Train falls in the winter. It's so peaceful and beautiful with very little foot traffic.
- The walk to the falls takes about 10 minutes from a plowed parking lot. It is a smooth downward slope to the falls which means...it's uphill the entire way back.
But it's not bad-there are beautiful views all along the way so you won't even notice the walk!
No porta johns or bathrooms are available (during the winter at least).
<---Yep, that's me. If it's icy, I highly recommend wearing ice cleats as the path to Au Train falls is a steady decline.
They make a huge difference with your stability.
Directions of Au Train Falls from Munising: Take 94 west (Tunturi Rd.) from Munising, turn right on Au Train Forest Lake Road.
Munising Falls is One of Our Favorite Frozen Waterfalls in Michigan!
If you want an easy to get to frozen waterfall, you will absolutely love Munising Falls. These incredible falls are located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in Munising Michigan.
- Check out our Munising Falls in Winter article, it's got an interactive map of where to park, frequently asked questions, and lots of photos and videos of what to see and do.
Eben Ice Caves is Absolutely Breathtaking!
You will absolutely fall in love with the Eben Ice Caves located near Munising Michigan. This lovely, almost secret place is a joy to visit in the winter. The beauty will leave you speechless.
Munising Ice Curtains
I'll tell you, these darn Ice Curtains and formations are realllllly hard to find! You have to seriously keep your eyes peeled and they are not on the lake side (which for some reason I kept anticipating.)
Chris and I drove up and down Sand Point Road 4 times until we found them since none of the guides we found told you where they really were located!
Plus you can't see them from the road (which some directions on the internet mentioned.) There are very short signs with tiny trails so, like I said, keep a watchful eye.
See our map above for the locations of the ice formations and curtains-there are 3 different formations to see and they are all worth it!
- No Boundaries Ice Formations
- Curtains Ice Formations
- Dryer Hose Ice Formations
They all take about 10 minutes to walk to but the walk is not easy.
Plan to spend lots of time crouching under logs, slipping down hills, walking through deep snow and climbing up steep inclines. But it's super rewarding when you get there!
PARKING: There is no parking on Sand Point Road. Continue on Sand Point Road until you see a parking lot. It's not a bad walk back to the formations.
BATHROOMS: There is a porta john by the parking area. Can't promise if there is toilet paper, so always have supplies in your vehicle. The parking area is shared with ice fisherman so spaces may be limited.
See Tahquamenon Falls This Winter!
Is Tahquamenon Falls Open in the Winter? Heck Yeah!
This winter, you absolutely must visit Tahquamenon Falls! You can hike to both the Upper and Lower Falls plus dine at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery.
See Our Tips, Maps, Photos and Things to do > Tahquamenon Falls in Winter!
Want Printed Information on Where to Find Frozen Waterfalls in Munising Michigan?
- The Alger County Chamber of Commerce, located at 129 E Munising Ave, Munising, MI 49862 has a box outside the building with maps and a guide to the frozen waterfalls in Michigan.
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