Big Pup Falls is an easy waterfall to find, but more of a challenge to get to than many. The falls themselves consist of multiple small drops over a span of about 1/2 mile. These aren’t huge waterfalls by any means, but they are serene. There are several approaches to accessing the falls. Some locals say to park at the bridge on Co. Rd. 510 and follow the creek downstream to the falls. This may have been a better approach than the one I took. Instead I parked about 100 yards north of the weeping wall, a massive black rock outcropping that weeps year round, then I walked up the road about 50 yards and made my way down the hill to the falls. Not the best approach. Going down was uneventful, but coming back up took some effort. Given the opportunity to do it again I would park by the bridge.
Directions to Big Pup Falls
The directions to Big Pup Falls are much the same as the directions for Yellow Dog Falls. If traveling from Marquette you will go North on Co. Rd. 550 for approximately 22 miles. Shortly after you cross Alder Creek, you will see the sign for Co. Rd. 510/AAA on your left. Take Co. Rd. 510/AAA West for 2.7 miles (+-) and you will come to your first intersection. This is where Co. Rd. 510 heads South. Turn left and continue for 4 miles to the Yellow Dog River bridge. If you want to see Yellow Dog Falls park there and walk downstream to the falls. If not or afterward continue South on Co. Rd. 510 for 1.8 miles. If you want to brave the hill you can park on the side of the road there and walk down. If you see the big black rock (weeping wall) on your right, you’ve gone too far. If so you can backtrack about 100 yards and head down the hill, or you can continue to the Big Pup Creek bridge. Park there and walk down.
A word to the wise. Co. Rd. 510 gets rougher the farther South you travel. There are many areas where traffic is reduced to one lane, and the road is like riding on a washboard. Also, don’t trust the paved sections. Out of nowhere you will find 1/4-mile long sections of pavement. One has several small culverts that are pushing their way up through the asphalt. Be careful!