Pictured Rocks Spray Falls photos

The 42 mile North Country Trail through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is full of surprises and quite an adventure. One would think the trail would be one gorgeous overlook after another featuring Lake Superior and outstanding cliffs. There are tons of these types of views, especially as you get farther west towards Munising, but the trail and the park is more than just a scenic shoreline. Pictured Rocks Spray Falls is one of the highlights.

Related: Pictured Rocks is more than just a lakeshore

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

One great way to view Pictured Rocks and Spray Falls if from one of the tour boats

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls is a park highlight

I pointed this fact out in a previous post about the park, but one place is so cool that it deserves its own 500 words and a separate URL all its own. Spray Falls was the coolest site on the trail outside the mind boggling views of Lake Superior, cliffs, and fall foliage. That is because the falls had all those aspects plus a ridiculously beautiful waterfall thrown in.

Spray Falls Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls overlook

I had seen pictures of the falls, and I was looking forward to checking it out, but something as beautiful as an impressive waterfall is always more spectacular in person. Spray Falls was no exception.

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

Taking the backpack off and taking a break at Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

There is a sign on the trail for the overlook, so you cannot miss it. The trail is right next to the lake at this point, so it is a short jaunt to the viewpoint. I was greeted with a cascading shot of water exploding into Lake Superior over colored rocks topped with fall colors. The view just does not get any better than this.

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

Cruise ship making a beeline for Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

Multiple viewing places for Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

After taking your fill of the falls, you then cross over Spray Creek about a half mile later. You can walk right up to the edge if you follow the creek, but be careful. I have seen too many reports of fatalities at waterfalls in national parks. I would hate to see someone get foolish and try and get too good of a view of the edge of the falls.

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

This photo was taken from a safe vantage point near the edge of the falls

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls before it tumbles into Lake Superior

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls from afar

The great thing about the Pictured Rocks lakeshore trail (part of the North Country Trail) is you see the same thing from different vantage points. There are countless views from the lakeshore, and first you get the views from the east and then you come up to the object, then you get views looking back from the west. This of course depends on the route you walk. I walked east to west. This is helpful because the sun may not be at an optimal place at one view, but then when you get on the other side, the sun might be perfect.

Pictured Rocks Spray Falls

Spray Falls from the west

The best view of Spray Falls is from the east, but there are views of it from the west too although farther away. Don’t forget to look for it from the west because it is so far away you will not hear the crashing of the water. Cruise ships monitor this part of the park, and from the ships or from a kayak would be an awesome way to view these falls. You can also kayak or canoe the whole length of the shoreline.

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Ted Nelson has been adventure traveling since he was 10 years old on camping trips with his Dad to places like the Great Smoky Mountains, The Everglades, and Big Bend National Park. In 2005 he added international travel to his repertoire with a three month trip to Southeast Asia.

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24 Responses to Pictured Rocks Spray Falls photos

  1. Meg @ Mapping Megan October 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Fantastic photos Ted! I would be so tempted to engage in a little bit of cliff jumping – lol that waterfall looks amazing!!
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    • Traveling Ted October 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      You would get a might rude surprise when you splashed into Lake Superior. Lake Superior is icy cold. If it was really, really hot though, it would feel great.

  2. Charli October 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Hilarious that you note that one of your shots was taken from a ‘safe vantage point atop the falls’!! It looks pretty precarious to me! Looks like a great hiking trail to explore.
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    • Traveling Ted December 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

      I was on the side of the creek with a zoom lens, and I zoomed in a bit. I am not going to be the next person to go over a falls in a national park. You here about that happening all too much especially in Yosemite.

  3. wandering educators October 28, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    Just gorgeous!!
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  4. Pola (Jetting Around) October 29, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    Dang, Spray Falls looks awesome! The colors, the waterfall, the view around it… Love that top picture you have there. Now I want to go there, seriously.
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    • Traveling Ted December 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

      Pictured Rocks is only 6-7 hours away. I think you should check it out sometime.

  5. Nichelle October 30, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    The cliff and the falls – such perfect scenery. The hike looks worth it all. 🙂
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  6. Traveling Ted October 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    You definitely should. I highly recommend.

  7. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels) October 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m pretty sure I didn’t see Spray Falls on my one and only trip to Pictured Rocks. I think I’d remember if I did. Glad you captured it so beautifully; it really is stunning!
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    • Traveling Ted November 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      The only way to see Spray Falls is by hiking in or taking the boat cruise. I recommend both.

  8. Margherita Ragg November 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    What an amazing waterfall! I had never heard of this place…truly amazing!
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    • Traveling Ted November 3, 2014 at 12:56 am #

      Pictured Rocks is in a remote place, so not very well known or popular, but quite a beautiful place.

  9. Trips By Lance November 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    You’ve really helped throw gasoline on my growing fire of interest in the Great Lakes. I know I’ve mentioned it already, but I’m really loving all the unique discoveries along the inland lakes.
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  10. Natasha Amar November 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Fantastic photos! Looks like this would be a lovely trek.

    • Traveling Ted November 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Thanks Natasha,

      Sprays Falls is a beautiful destination.

  11. Agness December 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Wow, it’s so beautiful! I wish I could go there one day! xXx
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    • Traveling Ted December 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

      I hope you make it Agness. It is beautiful park.

  12. Emily's Adventures March 9, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Wow, always wanted to go to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and it looks like you not only found the right place in the UP to go but went at the precise right time of year. That picture of Spray Falls with the burnt orange foliage is almost screensaver material, lol! Nice post.

    • Traveling Ted March 11, 2015 at 12:41 am #

      I love the UP. First time to Pictured Rocks, and I cannot believe it took me so long to finally come. Fall was a good choice, and I got thoroughly lucky with the weather.

  13. Leroy Huber April 20, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    What river is Spray Falls, and how do fish i.e. brookies, browns, and rainbow trout, migrate to and from the source..if there are any?

    • Traveling Ted April 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

      Hi Leroy,

      It is Spray Creek. I do not know if there are any trout in this creek. It is pretty shallow at the source, so probably not worth fishing.

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