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