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Bond Falls
Bond Falls
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There are more than 300 waterfalls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the most famous of which is Tahquamenon Falls. But Bond Falls has always been my favorite cascade. When my children were small we went on family vacations in the UP, staying at a former CCC cabin in Paulding, just a few miles from "The Bond."

Many years ago a local power company built a dam above the falls to store water for a hydroelectric plant nearby. The company was apparently a good citizen of the community, as they built a boat access, campsites, and trails that skirt the falls.

Along one of these trails the water flows over a barrier to create what has always seemed to me to be a man-made cascade, since nature's creations seldom are in such straight lines.