Long Slide Falls on the Pemebonwon River
September 14, 2004
Though not as impressive as its sister waterfalls along the famed Niagara Escarpment, 50-foot (15 meter) Long Slide Falls produces breathtaking sound and fury in contrast to the surrounding serene woods. Located north of Pembine, Wisconsin on the Pemebonwon River, it is the highest falls in Marinette County. This photo, taken July 3, 2003 shows the upper part of the falls. The water level was higher than normal for summer due to above average precipitation in May and June, but the remarkable blocks of granite along the river's course are still clearly visible.
Long Slide Falls is a small county park accessible from a narrow path through the woods, and has no steps or handrails to detract from the rustic beauty of the overlook. Though one must proceed with caution, the hike is worth the view to satisfy our endless fascination with moving water. Very often a small sign along the less-traveled roadside leads to pleasant surprises.