The waterfalls of Porcupine Mountains State Park are located in the Presque Isle area of the state park. This can be considered the quieter side of the park.
And Manido Falls is one of the Presque Isle River waterfalls!
There are a couple of viewpoints where you can see Manido Falls as you are walking along the main river trail.
This will allow you to see the waterfalls from different angles.
You’ll be able to see the waterfalls from above, along with the river that feeds the falls.
You’ll also be able to see the waterfalls from the base level, straight on.
In both cases, you can notice the different rock formations that the water flows over, and it’s quite the view!
More pictures from the hiking trail below, but first…
Basics about the trail to Manido Falls
If you were to go directly to the Manido Falls overlook and back from the nearest parking area to these waterfalls, maybe it will take 5-10 minutes to get to.
After you’ve taken in the views of Manido Falls, you can keep also keep walking to see more waterfalls.
You can very well just hike to Manido Falls and it will make for a nice nature walk along the Presque Isle River. Many people also visit 2 more waterfalls alongside a visit to Manido Falls.
The trailhead is located in the Presque Isle scenic area of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
For reference, the drive time to the Manido Falls trail from Lake of the Clouds (a popular attraction on the other side of the park) is around 45 minutes.
See more about getting to the Manido Falls trailhead aka getting to the Presque Isle waterfalls loop trailhead.
No swimming at Manido Falls
Per the State of Michigan Parks and Recreation, there’s no swimming allowed at Manido Falls or any waterfalls in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
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PHOTOS for a little bit of what to expect to when you’re in the area of Manido Falls!
West River Trail along Presque Isle River
I went to see to Manido Falls in July 2020. Pictures are from that time.
This is what was seen on the trail from when I saw a sign specifically directing to Manido Falls. Your experience may vary based on the direction you’re hiking!
No matter what, you’ll experience stairs, boardwalk, overlook, river, and WATERFALLS! There are overlooks to see the waterfalls from straight ahead and from above.
And then once you’ve taken in the views of Manido Falls, you can head back, or keep on hiking to see more waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains!
And that’s a bit of what it’s like to see Manido Falls!
The 3 waterfalls in Presque Isle River of the Porkies:
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More waterfalls in the UP:
HAPPY NATURE WALK TO SEE MANIDO FALLS!