Spring has started its arrival in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, so it’s a great time to get out and explore some of the area’s lesser-known attractions: the wonderful waterfalls that can be found throughout northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Looking for a quick road trip? Here are some falls within a 90-minute drive of Minocqua. 

Bond Falls

One of the most scenic waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula, Bond Falls is created by the middle branch of the Ontonagon River as it cascades over 40 feet of fractured rock, which divides the flow into numerous small cascades. Note that a state of Michigan Recreation Passport (available for daily or annual use) is required.  The hiking trail to the falls is open year-round but the site is typically open for vehicle access mid-May through mid-October. An accessible boardwalk with six viewing locations offers a great view of the falls.   Learn more about the Bond Falls Scenic Site.

Distance from Minocqua: 65 miles, 1 hour, 15 minutes

Agate Falls

Also located on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River in the U.P., Agate Falls is a short drive from Bond Falls and is considered one of the most picturesque falls in Michigan. The falls, which are a popular destination for anglers, and can be accessed via an improved foot trail from a roadside park along M-28 in Trout Creek, is located about 6.5 miles east of Bruce Crossing. Trail access is open year-round but depending on weather conditions, the best time to reach the falls is mid-May through mid-October. A Michigan Recreation Passport is also required for Agate Falls.   Learn more about the Agate Falls Scenic Site.

Distance from Minocqua: 70 miles, 1 hour, 30 minutes

Brownstone Falls

Located in Copper Falls State Park in Ashland County, Brownstone Falls is a must-see stop in one of Wisconsin’s most scenic state parks. Marvel as the Tyler’s Fork of the Bad River plunges about 30 feet into the Bad River Gorge. A parking area along the Bad River offers easy access to trails that pass the park’s waterfalls. Note that daily Wisconsin State Park admittance fees apply.

Distance from Minocqua: 80 miles, 1 hour, 35 minutes

Copper Falls

These falls, which give Copper Falls State Park its name, are about a third of a mile upstream from Brownstone Falls but easily reachable by the same path. A large part of the path is wheelchair accessible. Learn more about Copper Falls State Park.

Distance from Minocqua: 80 miles, 1 hour, 35 minutes

Learn more about the waterfalls of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.