Interstate Falls

Protected forever!


Interstate Falls



Thank you to Northwoods Land Trust for purchasing the Interstate Falls property, protecting the site and keeping it open to the public!  The purchase was funded by grants from the Wisconsin Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, and five private conservation organizations.




Interstate Falls is an 18-foot waterfall on the Montreal River, along the Wisconsin / Michigan border, at the edge of the City of Ironwood, Michigan, and Hurley, Wisconsin.  A 0.3 mile trail through hardwood-hemlock forest leads to the falls, and is a popular attraction to residents and visitors of the Gogebic Range.

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Interstate Falls is also known as Montreal Falls and Peterson Falls.  In June 2007 the US Geological Survey officially recognized two waterfalls on the Montreal River near Ironwood and Hurley.  Peterson Falls is a set of three cascades, and is approximately one-half mile upstream of Interstate Falls.   Montreal Falls is an alternate name for Interstate Falls.  See below for maps and directions to both waterfalls.

Interstate Falls is a scenic attraction for both locals and visitors to the Gogebic Range, and is featured in many books and waterfall guides.  Winter visitors enjoy snowshoeing to the falls.  Others use the trail to access the Montreal River to fish for brook trout in the spring and summer. 




In May 2007, 38.7 acres along the Montreal River, including Interstate Falls and the access trail, was put up for sale.   The Michigan side of the Montreal River is private with no public access.   The Wisconsin side of the falls was also private, but the owners kindly allowed public access along the foot trail to the falls and river.  With the property for sale, however, future public access to the waterfall was in jeopardy.


Fortunately, Northwoods Land Trust took on a project to secure public access to Interstate Falls.  Northwoods Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization that works with private land owners to help preserve natural shorelands, natural areas, promote sustainable forest management, and enhance recreation opportunities for the public.  They cover north central Wisconsin, including Iron County. 


In January 30, 2015, Northwoods Land Trust submitted a Knowles-Nelson grant application to purchase the property.  The grant was approved in December 2015, and covered half of the purchase price.  The remaining half was funded by generous grants from five private conservation organizations. 


Northwoods Land Trust purchased the property on December 16, 2015.  They have offered to donate the parcel to the Town of Kimball.  An easement on the property will insure it is never developed, sub-divided, or closed to the public.  Together Northwoods Land Trust and the Town of Kimball are working on plans for new parking and making the site safer and more accessible.

Maps & Directions


Interstate Falls is located at N46.47552° W90.20085°. 


To visit the falls, look for the small “Peterson Falls” sign on the north side of US Route 2, on the Wisconsin side, about a quarter mile west of the state line.  Follow the unpaved road (Center Drive) a quarter mile to the trailhead with two parking spaces.  Follow the trail to the north to visit Interstate Falls.  The trail is 0.3 mile long.


Peterson Falls is a half-mile upstream from Interstate Falls, on private property.  The land is marked with a “Private Property Keep Out” sign. 


Interstate Falls trail map

Trail map

Interstate Falls area map

Area map

Interstate Falls aerial photo

Aerial photo


Here is a excerpt from the 2003 Iron County Land Atlas & Plat Book, showing the property location with a red star. 


Here is a map of the property from the Iron County Register of Deeds.  I added the location of both waterfalls and the trailhead.



More information


Here is a February 9, 2015 press release from Northwoods Land Trust.

Here is a January 21, 2015 article from the Ironwood Daily Globe.


Here is a new aerial photo and proposed site plan.

Here is a gallery of photos of the waterfall and property.


Here is an old flyer about saving access to Interstate Falls.


Here is some information on the geology of Interstate Falls, and the Penokee/Gogebic Range.


Here is an August 2007 news release about the recent naming of Interstate Falls and Peterson Falls by the U.S. Geological Survey.


Here is a list of all the waterfalls in Wisconsin.  There are approximately ninety-five waterfalls in Wisconsin.  Approximately sixteen are privately-owned with no public access established. 



Contact Us

For more information, please contact Northwoods Land Trust.

For comments or questions about this website, please contact Ian Shackleford at 704 Cary Road, Hurley, WI 54534.  906-285-7380.





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Last update December 16, 2015.


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