Ocqueoc Falls

ocqueoc_fallsOcqueoc Falls is just about the only honest-to-goodness, rootin’ tootin’ waterfall in Michigan’s lower peninsula.  The total descent is about five feet.  Downstream from the main part of the falls, the rock walls are about 20 feet high.  And it is only about 35 miles from Hillman.  We’re not talking Tahquamenon here,  but this mini-waterfall is beautiful in a quiet non-Upper Peninsular way.  In the fall, salmon make their way upstream for spawning.  Haven’t seen that yet.   Children who are good swimmers with about 8 years of height on them love to play in the pool at the base of the falls.  I’m (probably) too  much of a grown-up to enjoy that.  I might slip on the slick rocks and skin my knee.  I might trip on the boulders getting to the base of the falls and end up needing stitches on my noggin.  I might…I might try it some time.  When no kids are around to laugh at my timidity.

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