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On the way back toward Ironwood we decided to see if we could find Sunday Lake Falls. This is one I had never heard of but it was listed in Phil Stagg’s book Waterfalls of Michigan. Turns out it was also on Planter Creek and just across Highway 28 from Root Beer Falls. There is no parking lot so we pulled off of the road next to Planter Creek. There is also no trail so we just worked our way along the creek. I didn’t really expect much because the book showed that it wasn’t much of a waterfall just a rapids. As it turned out this was one of the more photogenic falls we photographed during our fall trips. It had started raining as we walked into the falls, providing some ideal conditions for photographing waterfalls.

The water comes comes out of an old mine shaft that was blasted into the hills and apparently drains Sunday Lake in Wakefield.

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What really made the visit was the fall leaves and rocks that provide an unlimited number of intimate photographs of the creek.

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After leaving the Presque Isle River we decided to see if we could find Root Beer Falls. I had tried to find it on an earlier trip but didn’t have good directions. We looked it up in Phil Stagg’s new book Waterfalls of Michigan and found it was not too far off of the main road. I had been looking for it in the wrong location. Turns out it is just east of Wakefield off of highway 28 just past the turn to Porcupine Wilderness State Park and the Presque Isle River.  We turned off on a dirt road and intermediately started looking for a wide place in the road to park. We couldn’t see the falls so we drove a little ways and turned around. Just as we were leaving I spotted it back in the woods. It was well worth the search because it is a beautiful little waterfall. It always feels good to bag another waterfall.

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