|Distance||0.1 miles roundtrip|
|Best Seasons||Spring, Summer, Fall|
- Easy trip from a campsite
- Pretty waterfall
As someone who grew up in Arizona where water is scarce, even the tiniest of waterfalls are exciting to me. However, to anyone else who's lived near the Great Lakes for a big chunk of life, this waterfall will probably be a disappointment. The Forest Service even tries to hype this waterfall on their official page for it (linked at the bottom of the page), stating, "Depicted in the artist print "The Spirit of the Ottawa" by Roberta Barg this [sic] waterfalls is a must see." Unless you're looking for a free place to camp (Burned Dam Campground charges no fees since it is designated "primitive") or are trying to visit every single waterfall in the Upper Peninsula, you can probably skip this trip.
To reach Meximine Falls, follow the short trail to the river at the northwest corner of the campground. Once you reach the river, walk upstream until you reach the falls, as seen in the two pictures below.
Generally National Forests are less restricting about pets, so you can most likely have your dog off leash on this trail and in the campground; whether or not that is a good idea depends on how your dog reacts to wildlife or how friendly they are with people. This is a perfectly wonderful place for kids as long as you watch them closely around the rushing water. You can visit here in the three warmer seasons, but driving here during the winter might be difficult or impossible in the heavy snow the Upper Peninsula is known for. This is a small campground and only a minor destination in itself (if that), so you will most likely be able to enjoy the falls by yourself.
From the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet, take U.S. Highway 45 north a short distance to Old US Highway 2 and turn right. Continue for about 6.5 miles, then turn left on Forest Road 4500 -- a well graded gravel road easily traveled in a sedan. In about a mile, turn left at the sign for Burned Dam Campground.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! If you aren't camping here, there's a small parking area near the pit toilets.