15 Canyon Falls Roadside Park
wildlife viewing |
directions and facility information
This small park located fourteen miles south of Baraga
offers a boardwalk through a cedar swamp and a great
view of the scenic Canyon Falls on the Sturgeon River.
For a closer look at the river, take a cross-country
hike or backpack camping trip through the nearby Sturgeon
River Gorge Wilderness Area of the Ottawa National
Forest. This area is primitive and undeveloped with
few trails or access roads. Come prepared for a wilderness
experience. The parking lot for this area is not plowed
during winter. Just four miles west of Canyon Falls,
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages
the Baraga Plains Waterfowl Management Area. This
area has jack pine forests interspersed with grassy
openings and offers an additional wildlife viewing
opportunity with different habitat and wildlife.
Woodpeckers are common in the large, old trees of the Canyon
Falls area. They use their short, stiff tailfeathers
as a sort of “kickstand” to help them perch on the
sides of trees. Photo credit Dave Kenyon, MIDNR
The mature northern hardwood forest along Canyon
Falls is a wonderful place to hear and view songbirds.
Woodpecker species in particular are attracted to
the large, old trees and dead snags found here. Ruffed
grouse may also be seen or heard drumming during spring.
The Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area provides
stunning views of this scenic river gorge and surrounding
countryside. It is a great place to view fall colors
and watch hawks and eagles soaring. White-tailed deer,
black bear, ruffed grouse, and snowshoe hares and
many of songbird species are common in the rolling
forested hills of mixed hardwood and conifer trees.