Bond Falls



Bond Falls is a
waterfall A waterfall is a point in a river or stream where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops. Waterfalls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf. Waterfalls can be formed in several wa ...
on the middle branch of the
Ontonagon River The Ontonagon River ( ) is a river A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. In some cases, a river flows into the ground and becomes dry at the end of its cour ...
, a few miles east of Paulding in Haight Township in southern
Ontonagon County, Michigan Ontonagon County ( ) is a county A county is a geographic region of a country used for administrative or other purposesChambers Dictionary, L. Brookes (ed.), 2005, Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh in certain modern nations. The ...
. The site is near
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in the western portion of the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan The Upper Peninsula of Michigan – also known as Upper Michigan or colloquially the U.P. – is the northern and more elevated of the Peninsulas of Michigan, two major landmasses that make up the U.S. state of Michigan; it is separated from t ...
. The waterfalls are listed by the state of Michigan as the Bond Falls Scenic Site. The total drop of the falls is about . 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 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 The brook trout (''Salvelinus fontinalis'') is a species of freshwater fish in the Salvelinus, char genus ''Salvelinus'' of the salmon Family (biology), family Salmonidae. It is native to Eastern North America in the United States and Canada, but ...


BondFallsOutpost.jpg, Bond Falls outpost Bond Falls in January 2.jpg, Bond Falls in January Bond Falls Winter Ice.jpg, Up Close Icy Flow BondFallsScenicSiteSignMichigan.jpg, Entrance sign


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{{authority control Landforms of Ontonagon County, Michigan Waterfalls of Michigan State parks of Michigan