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If you’re chasing waterfalls in the UP, the Bond Falls might be worth putting on your Michigan waterfalls list!

 

Bond Falls Scenic Site. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls Scenic Site. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls Scenic Site. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls Scenic Site. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls Scenic Site. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls Scenic Site. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls Scenic Site, Ontonagon River. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

 

You can see the waterfalls from straight on, and you can take a walk up to the right side and to the left side to get up close and personal with the river on both sides!

 

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western up upper peninsula waterfall hike. Michigan scenic site. up michigan travel blog

 

 

 

 

How much time do you need at Bond Falls?

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You can make this a relatively quick visit by going straight to the main waterfalls viewing areas and back (maybe 15-20 minutes), or you can spend more time here (maybe 1-2 hours) if you take your time walking the different riverside trails and spending time alongside the Ontonagon River! 

 

 

Geology of Bond Falls

According to the State of Michigan Parks and Recreation:

Bond Falls marks the boundary of two different bed rock types.

The greenish-gray rock underlying the falls is basalt, a durable volcanic rock.

The softer rock downstream is sandstone.

Want to see more of Michigan’s volcanic past?! Be sure to visit the Keweenaw Peninsula, located 1.5-2 hours from Bond Falls!

 

 

When to go to Bond Falls during your U.P. road trip

Bond Falls are waterfalls located in the western part of the Upper Peninsula.

If your Upper Peninsula tour takes you to the western UP, then a visit to Bond Falls can be a perfect part of your trip.

If you’re spending a few days in the Porcupine Mountains, then you can make it a day trip (or half day trip) to Bond Falls.

If you’re driving from the Porcupine Mountains to the eastern UP, it can make sense to stop at Bond Falls. You can also visit nearby Agate Falls scenic site which is part of a roadside park that can make for a nice picnic stop.

So if you’re driving from the west (from the Porcupine Mountains and Wisconsin side), you can add this waterfall stop to your drive on the day you are driving to east to places like Marquette, Munising, Kitch-iti-kipi, Tahquamenon Falls, and the Mackinac Bridge.

 

Drive times from Bond Falls to popular spots in the UP:

See more ideas for where to go during your UP trip.

 

 

This is a part of the Western Upper Peninsula heritage trail

Bond Falls scenic site - western upper peninsula heritage trail, western up. up michigan travel blog

 

 

No swimming allowed at Bond Falls + the safety message!

Bond Falls scenic site, ontonagon river safety tips, danger. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site, ontonagon river safety tips, danger. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site, ontonagon river safety tips, danger. up michigan travel blog

 

 

Cost of visiting Bond Falls

Cost to visit Bond Falls scenic site - cost how much fee. up michigan travel blog

 

This is a scenic site that’s a part of Michigan State Parks that requires the Michigan recreation passport. 

If you’re a Michigan resident, hopefully you already have the annual recreation passport, in which case it basically makes this a FREE waterfall spot!

In 2020, for Michigan residents the annual pass is around $17 when purchased at a state park. For out-of-state residents, the annual pass is around $34 while the daily pass is around $9. See current fees here.

If there’s no one at the entry gate, then there’s a self-pay station at the trailhead.

 

Cost to visit Bond Falls scenic site - cost how much fee. up michigan travel blog

Cost to visit Bond Falls scenic site - cost how much fee. up michigan travel blog

 

 

Bond Falls Outpost, picnic area, and alternative river trail to waterfalls

Bond Falls Outpost convenience store and gift shop. up michigan travel blog

 

As a reference point, Bond Falls outpost is a small convenience store and gift shop located near the Bond Falls scenic site. (It is not a part of the actual scenic site.) If you are driving the road from the east (like coming from Agate Falls scenic site), then you will pass Bond Falls Outpost on your way to the Bond Falls scenic site. 

Right near this outpost is a small picnic spot along the river.

 

Bond Falls park picnic spot. up michigan travel blog

 

There’s another small picnic spot just down the road from here too.

 

Bond Falls park picnic spot. up michigan travel blog

 

There are also parking spots around the outpost, and then you can take a trail along a river to get to Bond Falls. These parking spots are free. 

 

Bond Falls alternative free parking. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls alternative free parking. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls alternative ontonagon river trail to waterfalls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls alternative ontonagon river trail to waterfalls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls alternative ontonagon river trail to waterfalls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls alternative ontonagon river trail to waterfalls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls alternative ontonagon river trail to waterfalls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls alternative ontonagon river trail to waterfalls. up michigan travel blog

 

 

Now…

More PHOTOS of Bond Falls

…and the road to getting there

I visited Bond Falls in July 2020, and pictures are from that time.

 

The spot is officially called the Bond Falls Scenic Site, and it’s a part of Michigan State Parks. Once you get near, you’ll see a sign.

 

Bond Falls scenic site - getting there directions, driving to bond falls road. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site - getting there directions, driving to bond falls road. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site - getting there directions, driving to bond falls road. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site - getting there directions, driving to bond falls road. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site - getting there directions, driving to bond falls road. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site - getting there directions, driving to bond falls road. up michigan travel blog

 

Then, you’re at the Bond Falls parking lot! There is a basic no-flush toilet at the trailhead.

 

Bond Falls scenic site - cost how much fee. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site parking. toilet. bathroom. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls scenic site parking. up michigan travel blog

 

 

Trail to the waterfalls and river

From the parking lot, you’ll see the start of the trail to Bond Falls. You’ll walk less than 5 minutes and see the first waterfalls overlook viewing area!

 

Bond Falls trailhead start location. hiking trail to bond falls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail. hiking trail to bond falls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail. hiking trail to bond falls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail. hiking trail to bond falls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail. hiking trail to bond falls. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls waterfalls overlook viewing area. best waterfalls photo spots in michigan. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls waterfalls overlook viewing area. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls waterfalls overlook viewing area. up michigan travel blog

 

And then from here, you can go off to the right or left.

Off to the right side for a walk along the river… (This is the side you’d be coming from if you start the trail from the Bond Falls Outpost.)

 

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls river trail. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

 

And then off to the left side from the first overlook viewing area, you come across will be more viewing areas for the main waterfalls. And then you can go further to walk along the river on this side too.

 

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail to waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

 

And then after you’ve had a nice stroll along the river, you can head back!

 

Bond Falls trail waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

Bond Falls trail waterfalls overlook. western UP upper peninsula waterfall hike. up michigan travel blog

 

And that’s a bit of what you can see with a visit to Bond Falls Scenic Site and this part of the Ontonagon River!

 

See the Michigan waterfalls road trip route!

 

More things to do in western UP:

 

HAPPY SEEING BOND FALLS IN THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN!

 

Bond Falls Scenic Site, Ontonagon River. Best waterfalls in Michigan, most beautiful waterfalls to see in western upper peninsula. ontonagon river. up michigan travel blog

 

 

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