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Bond Falls, Ontonagon

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Bond Falls is a waterfall on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River, a few miles east of Paulding in Haight Township in southern Ontonagon County, Michigan. The site is near U.S. Highway 45 in the western portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The waterfalls are listed by the state of Michigan as the Bond Falls Scenic Site.

The total drop of the falls is about 50 feet (15 m). Trails lead to and from the falls from a picnic area atop the falls. There is a newer walkway that extends across the river below the base of the falls that allows for perfect viewing. The river drops 875 feet (267 m) down from Bond Falls Flowage, which is perched on the highlands of the western Upper Peninsula, to Lake Superior. Bond Falls is the first stage of this drop in elevation. From Bond Falls, the river continues northward to the Agate Falls Scenic Site.
A "flowage", in the language of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is a reservoir. Bond Falls is not a natural waterfall, it has been changed by a nearby dam built by the Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO). There is a rest-area park below the dam and waterfall, from which the falls can be admired. The Ontonagan River and Bond Falls Flowage are separately stocked with brook trout.
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  • Worth the drive to see Bond Falls. Very easy to walk and see. There are some paths you can hike that are slightly more difficult, but well worth the walk. You can pay to park, or there is also... 
    Worth the drive to see Bond Falls. Very easy to walk and see. There are some paths you can hike that are slightly more difficult, but well worth the walk. You can pay to park, or there is also...  more »
  • If you are in the Porcupine Mountains, make sure to stop for a quick visit to view the Lake of the Clouds. The easy 1.8-mile out-and-back trail takes you to a viewing deck with access to a rocky... 
    If you are in the Porcupine Mountains, make sure to stop for a quick visit to view the Lake of the Clouds. The easy 1.8-mile out-and-back trail takes you to a viewing deck with access to a rocky...  more »
  • My husband, teenage son and I arrived at Bond Falls around 9 am and we literally had the place to ourselves. What a hidden gem this is! It's an easy walk from the parking area to a boardwalk that... 
    My husband, teenage son and I arrived at Bond Falls around 9 am and we literally had the place to ourselves. What a hidden gem this is! It's an easy walk from the parking area to a boardwalk that...  more »
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  • Nice boardwalks that lead you to these falls. We went fairly early in the morning after camping at the campground so it wasn't busy at all. Easy walk and you can get lots of good views of the falls from all sides! Very nice visit
  • Stunning! We were in the Northwoods of Wisconsin for our wedding and were invited to visit Bond Falls. Absolutely stunning and everyone enjoyed it, all ages! Can’t wait to visit again next year!
  • Very nice place to visit. Makes for some great family photos. Stunning view. We visited in June and lots.of bugs and mosquitoes but that was everywhere. Board walk path down to the falls and all around them for easy access. Even seen people fishing when we were there. I would recommend making it a stop on your trip.
  • Stunning falls with an easy boardwalk encircling them for different vantage points. One slippery wet stone staircase that gets you so close you will get misted. All ages. Great fun.
  • A must see! Follow the steps up to see continuous falls! What you first see is only the bottom part.

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