Breathtaking Ocqueoc Falls Michigan - Largest Waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula + Map | Camping, Bicentennial Pathway, FUN Things To Do in Northern MI!

Breathtaking Ocqueoc Falls Michigan -  Largest Waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula + Map | Camping, Bicentennial Pathway, FUN Things To Do in Northern MI!

By: Sherry Trautman | | Last updated: June 21, 2023

Chris and I just discovered these breathtaking waterfalls in the lower peninsula of Michigan! So you are searching for the best waterfalls in lower Michigan, definitely check out Ocqueoc Falls!

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Ocqueoc Falls is the Largest Waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula! 

Where is Ocqueoc Falls?

Ocqueoc Falls, Ocqueoc Township, MI 49759. Located just south of the Mackinaw Bridge in Northern Michigan, Ocqueoc Falls is situated in Presque Isle County, on Ocqueoc Falls Road, near Millersburg. 

These stunning Northern Michigan waterfalls are the only waterfalls in Michigan's lower peninsula on public property.  There is no charge to visit these lovely falls but a recreation passport is required for park entrance.

  • Distance from Cheboygan to Ocqueoc Falls: 37 minutes, 34 miles
  • Distance from Mackinaw City to Ocqueoc Falls: 52 miles, 56 minutes
  • Distance from Indian River to Ocqueoc Falls: 31 miles, 36 minutes
  • Distance from Tahquamenon Falls to Ocqueoc Falls: 130 miles, 2 hrs, 18 minutes.
  • Distance from Alpena to Ocqueoc Falls: 54 minutes, 49 miles

This lovely Michigan waterfall is fed by the Ocqueoc River, which cuts channels through the area's limestone bedrock.

  • There are accessible picnic tables near the overlook.
  • Restrooms: Vault toilets are nearby. 

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Ocqueoc Falls is the only universally-accessible waterfall in the United States!

Waterfalls in Lower Michigan Map

This Michigan waterfalls lower peninsula map is easy to use, check out the instructions below!

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header.
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing.

How do You Pronounce Ocqueoc Falls?

The largest waterfall in the Lower Peninsulais pronounced “AH-key-ock!”

If you are traveling Northern Michigan and have a few spare hours, be sure to check out the these lovely waterfalls in Michigan's lower peninsula.

If you love waterfalls, check out our popular 45 Upper Peninsula Waterfalls and Scenic Spots!

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway and Ocqueoc Falls Trail Map

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway, located in Presque Isle County, consists of four loops from 3 to 6 miles including a 0.4-mile universally accessible loop that connects the parking area to the falls.

The Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway is a hotspot for hikers and mountain bikers. It's also offers awesome cross-country skiing opportunities in the winter.

You can reach the pathway from the paved parking lot for the Ocqueoc Falls. 

  • A Michigan Recreation Passport is required!  You can also get a daily vehicle pass.

I bet the Ocqueoc Falls are incredible in the fall!  Just imagine those trees in jewel tones!  You could take a seat on these ledges and enjoy the view!

Best Time to Visit Ocqueoc Falls

We like to visit these Michigan waterfalls in the spring when the water is high and rushing! Makes for cool photos! Plus, it's cooler for hiking the Bicentennial Pathway.

But of course, it really depends on what you wish to do!  If you want to swim, mid summer would be the best time to visit.  And of course, mid winter is perfect for snowshoeing or cross country skiing! 

Campgrounds Near Ocqueoc Falls

If you wish to go camping near Ocqueoc Falls, the Ocqueoc Falls State Forest Campground is a great spot. It's located at M-68, Rogers City, MI 49779. There are about 13 camping sites that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for tents or small trailers. No reservations.

While camping, you can hike to nearby scenic Ocqueoc Falls along the Bicentennial Pathway or try your hand at fishing for steelhead, salmon and trout. This rustic campground has vault toilets and potable water from a hand-pump well. 

Ocqueoc Falls Swimming

Bring your swimsuits! There are some lovely spots to wade and cool off from the summer heat. 

Cities Nearby Ocqueoc Falls That Are Fun To Visit

Of Course, Now You Need to Check out the Upper Peninsula Waterfalls!

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