Rainbow Falls


Area Status: Open
Rainbow Waterfalls

A 1/2 mile hiking trail will take you from a paved parking lot to a stairway dropping down to an observation platform overlooking the scenic Black River and Rainbow Falls.  The falling water (40 feet) creates a mist, and sometimes with the right angle of sunlight, produces a rainbow effect, which gives the falls its name.  Rainbow Falls can also be viewed from the east side of the river.  This side will provide the photographer with a better angle of the falls.  Trail access to the east side begins after crossing the suspended foot bridge at Black River Harbor Picnic Area.  This trail is 3/4 mile long via the North Country Trail.  Black River Harbor Parking lot and picnic area can also be hiked to from the Rainbow Falls west trail (County Road 513).  In September, one can watch as chinook and coho salmon make their upstream runs to the falls.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The parking area and access roads are being plowed during the winter of 2023-2024. Plowing will stop when spring conditions make it difficult to move snow.
Area Amenities: Parking
Open Season: January 1 - December 31
Usage: Medium
Best Season: May - October
Busiest Season: May - October
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From Ironwood Mi., travel east on US 2 to Powderhorn Road, turn left onto Powderhorn Road and travel approximately 3 miles to CR 513, turn left onto CR 513 and travel approximately 10 1/2 miles to the Rainbow Falls parking area on FR 118. 


Parking:

Paved parking lot suitable for passenger vehicles. Large vehicles and vehicles pulling trailers may have difficulty navigating the turn around and parking area. Large vehicle/trailer parking is available at the Black River Harbor Day use area.


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Activities

Day Hiking

A 1/2 mile hiking trail will take you from a paved parking lot to a stairway dropping down to an observation platform overlooking the scenic Black River and Rainbow Falls.  The falling water (40 feet) creates a mist, and sometimes with the right angle of sunlight, produces a rainbow effect, which gives the falls its name.  Rainbow Falls can also be viewed from the east side of the river.  This side will provide the photographer with a better angle of the falls.  Trail access to the east side begins after crossing the suspended foot bridge at Black River Harbor Picnic Area.  This trail is 3/4 mile long via the North Country Trail.  Black River Harbor Parking lot and picnic area can also be hiked to from the Rainbow Falls west trail (County Road 513).  In September, one can watch as chinook and coho salmon make their upstream runs to the falls. 

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.658810

  Longitude : 
-90.043825