Falls, Bond Falls

One of the U.P.'s most beloved waterfalls maintains an air of intrigue all its own


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Photograph by Andrew Potter

Despite the name, stealth is not one of Bond Falls’ most alluring attributes. With its scenic beauty and accessibility, the 50-foot-tall, 200-foot-wide waterfall attracts hundreds of visitors annually. An elevated boardwalk stretching 600 feet around the base of the falls makes it a popular spot for any hiker, photographer, or nature enthusiast eager to see the Western U.P.’s mighty waters from a new angle. A hydroelectric dam above the falls ensures a steady stream of water over ancient black volcanic rock, and the flowage above the dam is a popular spot among trout anglers. The falls are situated on the middle branch of the Ontonagan River several miles east of Paulding in Ontonagan County, an obscure a place as any for a showdown between a tuxedoed hero and evil villain, or more likely, a peaceful up north retreat.
Bond Falls Road, Paulding, MI 49912; 906-353-6558

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