Location: Munising, MI
Spray Falls is a remote waterfall that cascades over 21metres directly into Lake Superior. To see the falls on foot it is a 6 km hike from the Little Beaver Lake trailhead to the Spray Falls Overlook. To see the falls by water the regular Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise turns around short just the falls, but they do offer an extended Spray Falls Cruise in the late afternoon where you might also get a chance to learn more about the 1856 shipwreck “Superior” that lies at the base of the falls in 20 feet of water.
After parking near the Beaver Lake Campground. Start at the Beaver Basin Trailhead found within the parking lot. About 2km into the hike you come to a view of Little Beaver Lake. Just after Little Beaver Lake, you enter the Beaver Basin Wilderness. This wilderness area was created in 2009 and protects 11,740 acres from future development. It also includes 21km of Lake Superior shoreline from Spray Falls to Sevenmile Creek. About 1km from Little Beaver Lake you reach the junction with the Lakeshore Trail. Then in about another 2km, you reach the unique Pictured Rocks Coves Area. The Coves hike-in campground is also nearby if you wanted to turn this hike into an easy overnight outing. After the Coves Area, you start climbing up on the cliffs. Just over 6km from the start you reach the Spray Falls Overlook. The water plunges off the edge of the cliffs into Lake Superior 21 meters below.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is well worth the visit with offer 160 km of hiking trails leading to waterfalls, beaches, forest wilderness, cultural sites, and breathtaking cliff-top views of Lake Superior. Whether you have only a few minutes, hours, or days to see a portion of the lakeshore, one of these hikes may be for you. Some nearby hikes include Sable Falls, Grand Portal Point, Log Slide Overlook, Grand Sable Dunes, and Chapel Falls Loop.