Wagner Falls my not be the largest falls in the Upper Peninsula, but they are one of the most picturesque! The falls are easily accessed from M94 which meets M28 on the south side of Munising in Alger County. From M28 you turn west on to M94 and travel a couple hundred yards to the Wagner Falls Scenic Site sign and parking lot. From there you walk about ½ mile (or less) to the falls and viewing platform. The trail is well maintained and relatively flat so the walk is very enjoyable.
The falls themselves are beautiful and there is only moderate tourist pressure. When I was there I only met one couple on the trail leading in. I’m sure they are well visited as they are so easily found, but I’ve never seen more than 3-4 cars in the parking lot.
The DNR does claim that there are Brook Trout in the stream which I wouldn’t doubt as this is the UP. Also the Anna River, which Wagner creek converges with, is just across the street from the parking lot.
In short Wagner Falls are beautiful and easily accessed. If you’re heading through Munising they are well worth the visit.
Wagner Falls State Park
This is a 22 acre State Park, but the “scenic site” designation if more fitting. Yes Wagner Falls is maintained by the parks system, but does not fit the typical designation. There are no campsites, water, picnic area or facilities. If you’re looking for a camping site this is not it.
There are many private campgrounds and National Park campgrounds in the area if you are looking for a place to stay. Also the falls are on the edge of Munising, which presents a vast array of lodging and dining options.
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