May 13-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: May: May 13-09
Quiet moment at the falls    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by David Roberts
Bond Falls    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by David Roberts
Cascading waters    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by David Roberts

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 06:17 am:

Bond Falls is located in the Western U.P., located on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River near Paulding. It's often referred to as a "best kept secret" spot, since it doesn't get much press. David Roberts and family, recently made a visit there and brought back some photos to share. That first shot was taken just below the dam, where it looks like the gentleman and young lady are standing on what seems to be a part of the dam, structured perhaps to distribute the water evenly over the cascade. I'm sure there's someone out there that can fill us in on the function of this part of the falls and dam a bit more.

The other two shots are of course of the actual falls and makes for quite an impressive scene. With the various rocks and boulders underneath that running water it makes for some interesting waterways in this particular falls. Well worth a trip to take in the view first-hand.

By Donna (Donna) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 06:57 am:

BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!

And obviously a good Daddy there! Hanging onto his little one...keeping her safe!!

The planet needs more Dads like that!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 07:56 am:


By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 08:05 am:

I always wondered about those "stepping stones" in the first photo. They work pretty well as a way to walk across, if you're brave enough. I bet that wasn't their original intent, though.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 08:09 am:

The Pasty Cam is guilty of showing me more beautiful places than I have time too see. The falls that are like this I like best, Tall ones like the Upper Falss at Tahquamenon are impressive but the ones like this are my favorite.

By Dave Roberts (Shutterbug) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 08:30 am:

The "gentleman" in the first picture is Nick Roberts of Houghton and the precious little girl he is holding onto is my grand daughter --- oh ---yeah --- she is also Nick's daughter but as any grandparent out there can tell you, parents lose their importance when grandchildren are present. ;>) The snow melt over the falls was indeed spectacular

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 08:44 am:

I have been to the Bond Falls numerous times and they never cease to amaze me. Beautiful pictures...thank you!

By Joy Brewer (Joy) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 09:08 am:

David, thank you for the photos. This past Saturday, I had taken a few minutes to stop and visit this same site-Bond Falls. It was cold and snowing, but the falls were absolutely breath taking gorgeous. I just stood in awe of the rapid water rushing over the rocks; it was so quite and peaceful there. Then I had to leave this natural refuge and continue on my trip to Ontonagon.

Driving to the Porkies, I was so amazed how the community has changed from my last visit in September. My favorite restaurant, the Foot Hills, was closed; there were house after house on that stretch of road with for sale signs in their yards. My heart was in my throat when I found my favorite places all having closed signs in their windows. I can not put into words how I feel about what is happening home in the UP. Growing up there I have seen various economic trends, but this one hit me the hardest.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 09:20 am:

Joy, I agree with you about Ontonagon...we were there a few weeks ago and could not believe the changes that have happened, and not for the better.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 12:13 pm:

Although I'm not usually a big fan of modernizing our rustic spots, what has been done at Bond Falls and the Porkies overlook to accomodate the handicapped is wonderful. Tastefully done and not too obtrusive, but functional! Can't wait to get UP in a few weeks to my favorite falls, Silver River north of L'anse. Like Brooke said, I too don't care about the falls with a big drop, I like smaller ones with "character".

By David S. (Yooperdfs) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 02:48 pm:

Bond Falls, Bond Lake is a beautiful area. I and some friends from Illinois would camp and fish in the Spring. One windy morning as we sat observing the rough water, my friend Bob notices 3 small 'dots' a ways offshore. The 4 of us jumped in our two small 12 ft. aluminum boats and went to find three young guys in the water after their john boat went down. It was May, quite cold, and so they were pretty happy to get back to a campfire on shore, courtesy of us 'city guys'.

By David S. (Yooperdfs) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 02:53 pm:

Oh, this happened about 1980, I believe, when we were young enough to rescue somebody.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 03:32 pm:

Beautiful pics.

By walter s mcnew (Up23qw45) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 05:57 pm:

grand-beautiful-stupendious ect. i remain walter p.

By James Alain (Charlevoix) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 06:27 pm:

The U.P. has lots of waterfalls, of course...literally hundreds, if you count all the smaller ones. While in the Bond Falls area, I'd suggest also visiting Agate Falls (right on M 28 west of Trout Creek) and O-Kun-De-Kun Falls (about five miles north of Bruce Crossing east of US 45).
Agate is on the same river as Bond, while O-K-D-K is on the Baltimore River. The trail is over a mile trek, each way, but well worth it; not only are the falls quite spectaculer. but there's a beautiful North Country Trail wooden suspension bridge just downriver from the falls. O-K-D-K is truly one of the U.P.'s best kept secrets.

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 06:47 pm:

James, you're right, a lot of people miss Agate. I think its just as spectacular as Bond.

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 05:04 am:

James... a thank you to you for mentioning O-Kun-De-Kun Falls. It is a SPECTACULAR falls and well worth the two mile trek to see it. It has been a few years and I shall now make a point to visit there once again due to your suggestion. A beautiful off the beaten track sort of place!!! Silver Falls is also very nice. I just passed by there last week and never took the time to stop to see it once again. Now I am mad at myself for not going.

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