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Ground hog nibbling on spring grass
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Description - Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park is a beautiful parcel of land located in the Upper Peninsula several miles south of Lake Superior between the cities of Marquette and Munising. The park has three observation decks overlooking the top, middle, and bottom cascades of Laughing Whitefish Falls. A developed trail carries hikers to the bottom of the gorge, which features the 30-foot flow of water crashing over small ledges. Elevation at the park reaches 1,115 feet (340 meters) above sea level. The state park has little developed facilities. Camping and on-site management is not available.

Attractions - Attractions at Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park include a picnic area, hand pump well water, and a developed trail leading to the falls.

Nearby are the Escanaba River State Forest and Hiawatha National Forest. Escanaba River State Forest has many multi-use trails available for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The majority of trails are not maintained. Seven lakes on Escanaba offer access via boat ramp launches. A segment of Cedar River crosses the state forest where a carry-in launch provides access. Numerous creeks and streams support modest populations of trout thereby attracting the fly fisher. Primitive camping on the land is permitted. There are no fees / permits associated with using the barren land. A popular wintertime snowmobile excursion begins along the Escanaba River over to Gwinn then into the Bay de Noc State Forest and into Hiawatha State Forest. The massive Hiawatha State Forest boasts 879,000-acres of rolling hills forested with northern hardwoods, white pine and hemlock, and flatlands that are covered by red pine, jack pine and aspen.

Recreation - Recreations are limited to hiking, viewing scenery, nature photography, and picnicking. Nearby forestlands provide trail use, fishing, and hunting.

Climate - The Upper Peninsula normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C). Rain and snowmelt in the region can reach up to 200 inches annually. Travelers should be aware that significant amounts of snow could fall within a relatively short period of time resulting in hazardous road conditions.

Location - Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park is located 2.5 miles north of Sundell off M-94.

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Filed By: Kathy
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Report: My sister and I went to the falls August '07. The road getting to the Falls was full of potholes--extremely rough. The hike to the falls is quite a bit farther than we thought and the water level was low because of the drought at that time of the year.BUT-- if you enjoy walking and a very quiet serene place, then you may enjoy the falls. We thought it was worth seeing and it broke up our trip across the UP. I am bringing some relatives to see it June '08. I am hoping with the water levels up it will be quite different.

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Contact Information:
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, N7670 Hwy. M-35 , Cedar River, MI, 49813, Phone: 906-339-4461

Additional Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Upper Peninsula - This region encompasses nearly the entire Upper Peninsula landmass embracing windswept mountain tops, tumbling waterfalls, pristine woodlands, scenic lakeshores, and welcoming communities.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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