- Water Source
- Black River
- Gogebic County, 8-12.5 miles north of Bessemer; 14.5
miles north of U.S. 1 on County road 513 (directional
- 40 foot drop
- "A 1/2 mile hiking trail will take you from a paved
parking lot to a stairway dropping down to an observation
platform overlooking the scenic Black River and Rainbow
Falls. . . . Easy to strenuous (stairs and steep grades).
Pace yourself and avoid exertion."*
- Other Information
- "The falling water (40 feet) creates a mist, and
sometimes with the right angle of sunlight, produces a
rainbow effect, which gives the falls its name. Rainbow
Falls can also be viewed from the east side of the river.
This side will provide the photographer with a better
angle of the falls. Trail access to the east side begins
over the suspended foot bridge at Black Harbor Picnic
Area. This trail is 3/4 mile long via the North Country
- Black River Harbor parking lot picnic area can also be
hiked to from the Rainbow Falls west trail (County Road
513). In September, one can watch as the chinook and coho
salmon make their upstream runs to the falls."*
- Information sent to me by Dag Grada:
Rainbow Falls - For the best photograph of this falls,
try hiking the trail that follows the East bank of the
river. That indentation in the falls that shows in the
left of your picture is actually a rather deep pothole,
almost a cavern. The dynamics of the water ricocheting
through this space are fascinating.
* From "Black River Harbor", Ottowa National Forest,
Bessemer Ranger District, Bessemer, MI 49911 (906) 667-0261, U.S.
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Eastern Region, a
brochure I picked up at the ranger station.
See also Sandstone Falls, Gorge Falls, Potawatomi
Falls, and Conglomerate Falls. These five falls are all within a few miles of each
other along the Black River.
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Page last updated 28 Dec 2000.
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