Fall River Falls


Picture of the Fall River Bridge on a bright sunny dayFall River has always been a special place for me

By Jack Stone

If you are one of those who have taken a three hour kayak tour with Stone Harbor, you are probably familiar with the waterfall at Fall River. That is where we get out and stretch our legs and then head on back to the East Bay. It has always been a special place for Stone Harbor and for me personally. When I first moved to Cook County about 15 years ago I would hike down to the base where the river flows into Lake Superior. I would sit there with my dog and just soak in the River and the lake.

As the Gitchi-Gami State Trail was being planned for completion into Grand Marais, much was said about how the bridge was going to ruin the beauty of the falls and how it would be intrusive to those seeking solitude, as I always sought. I visited the area a couple of months ago and was appalled with the way the trail was slashed into the trees and the size of the bridge. Today I went back and I am here to say that I believe the designers knew a lot more than I did. Would I rather they never touched the area? Of course. But this makes the falls accessible to people who might otherwise not be able to see it, plus it’s a great path for cyclists. it looks really nice. And when the trees and foliage expand in the spring, it will be beautiful.

So I hope you enjoy the pictures and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Picture of the bridge and the falls at Fall River on a bright day without a cloud in the sky

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