Falls of the Yellow Dog

Big Bay, Michigan 49808

Falls of the Yellow Dog

Falls of the Yellow Dog Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The headwaters country of the Yellow Dog River holds a hallowed spot in U.P. lore. Approached only by a long, dusty drive, the whole upper drainage resides within a wilderness area, the McCormick Tract.

There, on a high plateau inhabited by a remarkable forest, the waters of White Deer Lake, Lake Margaret, and dozens of brooks ow north. At the north end of that plateau, the pace quickens. That pristine water tumbles downward hundreds of vertical feet in the cascades known as the Falls of the Yellow Dog. This hike visits these waterfalls on two separate branches of the river, a mile apart."

Falls of the Yellow Dog Trip Reports

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We drove across the Triple A road for the first time in 20+ years only to find that the new mining operation had paved the old dirt road. We were not able to drive up to the north entrance of the McCormick Tract, as the road was totally washed out. It was 90+ degrees that day, which is unusual up there at any time of year, not to mention in late September. I'm estimating that we were within a mile to the McCormick Tract where the actual trail begins. Anyone wanting to hike inside the McCormick Tract would be better off going in on the south end entrance which is well marked and is the old road into the old buildings and lakes. It is truely one of most spectacular forests in Michigan consisting of many virgin white pines measuring easily 6-8 ft. across at the base. Well worth the effort and trip.

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Trail Information

Big Bay
Nearby City
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Skill Level
Best May through October
Ottawa National Forest, (906) 852-3500, www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa
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USBS Bulldog Lake
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