Wagner Falls

Munising, Michigan, USA

About Wagner Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.3 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 20 minutes

Date first visited: 2015-09-29
Date last visited: 2015-09-29

Waterfall Latitude: 46.38794
Waterfall Longitude: -86.64704

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Wagner Falls (I’ve also seen it spelled Wagner’s Falls) was a small 20ft multi-tiered waterfall that we found to be pretty convenient to visit.

It sat just outside the town limits of Munising, and we only needed to walk on a short trail and boardwalk to experience it.

Wagners_Falls_025_09292015 - Wagner Falls
Wagner Falls

In fact, the lookout at the end of this short trail yielded the photo you see above.

The short excursion only took us 20 minutes in total, including the walking and picture-taking.

Perhaps the greater challenge to this excursion would be to try to both enjoy the Wagner Falls while not disturbing the tripod-wielding photographers who pretty much dominated most of the viewing real-estate.

Indeed, this waterfall seemed to be very popular with photographers thanks to its graceful strandy characteristic.

Wagners_Falls_009_09292015 - Context of the boardwalk and viewing area before the Wagner Falls
Context of the boardwalk and viewing area before the Wagner Falls

It was a good thing that this waterfall was so easy to visit because it was the last one we visited at the end of a long day of waterfall binging around Munising.

So the low light of the fading afternoon sun further made it so we needed a tripod to keep from making the photos too blurry.

Finally, our visit took place in the Autumn, which was outside the typical flow window of Spring and early Summer.

Perhaps the monsoonal Summer thunderstorms might have revived some of its flow prior to our arrival.

Authorities

Wagner Falls resides in the Wagner Falls Scenic Site near Munising in Alger County, Michigan. It is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Wagners_Falls_002_09292015 - The roadside pullouts and trailhead for the Wagner Falls Scenic Site
Wagners_Falls_005_09292015 - The well-developed and very easy short trail to Wagner Falls
Wagners_Falls_006_09292015 - Continuing on the very short and gentle Wagner Falls Trail with some rest benches along the way
Wagners_Falls_007_09292015 - The easy Wagner Falls trail then became boardwalk as it started to skirt Wagner Creek
Wagners_Falls_008_09292015 - Starting to see parts of Wagner Falls further up the boardwalk
Wagners_Falls_014_09292015 - While trying not to disturb those photographers with the tripods, I took this photo from a little further down the boardwalk
Wagners_Falls_034_09292015 - Last look at Wagner Falls before going back to the car

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Wagner Falls was part of the Wagner Falls Scenic Site, which was just south of the town limits of Munising.

From downtown Munising, we took the Hwy 28 south for about a mile to its junction with Route 94.

We noted that Alger Falls was right off the road by this junction on the east side (left side facing south) of Hwy 28.

That waterfall was barely flowing so we didn’t bother stopping for that dimunitive 10-15ft falls.

Anyways, we turned right onto Route 94 then drove for about 0.3 miles to the signposted pullouts for the trailhead.

There was parking on both sides of the road, but the trail began on the south side of Hwy 94.

Wagners_Falls_035_09292015 - The parking spaces off the side of the Hwy 94 for the Wagner Falls Scenic Site
The parking spaces off the side of the Hwy 94 for the Wagner Falls Scenic Site

So if you happened to be parked on the north side of the road, you would have to patiently and carefully cross the busy highway to start the hike, which might not be easy to do given how many vehicles there are and how fast they’re moving.

Anyways, this drive took us 5-10 minutes.

For directions on getting to Munising, see the Munising Falls page.

For reference, the town of Munising was about 100 miles (2 hours) west of Paradise, Michigan, and 44 miles (under 1 hour) east of Marquette, Michigan.

Marquette was 146 miles (under 3 hours drive) east of Ironwood, 168 miles (over 3 hours drive) northwest of Mackinaw City, 392 miles (over 6.5 hours drive) northeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 382 miles (over 6 hours drive) north of Chicago, Illinois (via Green Bay, Wisconsin), and 455 miles (7 hours drive) northwest of Detroit, Michigan.

left to right sweep from the main overlook of the stream and waterfall before walking down the boardwalk to show the context of the overlook itself

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