May 13-02

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O Kun de Kun Falls    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Kelly Wenberg

Kelly Wenberg, Dollar Bay on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 06:31 am:

This weekend we went to look at the O Kun de Kun Falls, which is on US-45 between Mass and Bruce Crossing. It is a 1.3 mile walk to the falls, down a slippery trail, but well worth it. Very peaceful, very beautiful.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 06:37 am:

Hey, Toivo... Are you still out in the wild makin' wood, or can you shoot us a map of this spot?

By Toivo from Toivola on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 07:01 am:

Glad to oblige, although I don't remember if the Falls are on the east or the west side of US-45 ? But I do know it's on the Baltimore River.

Chunk of the U.P.

By Beverly, Mississippi on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 10:02 am:

O-Kun-De-Kun is surely an Indian name. But does anyone know what it means?

By Da Joizy Shore Clamdigger on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 01:58 pm:

The falls are on the east side of US 45. From Bruce Crossing go 7 miles north to forest road 710. From the US45/MI 26 intersection, go 6.9 miles south.

By N Da Keweenaw on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 02:12 pm:

Cam Notes already knows the answer to the name mystery!

Look Here:
You can see the origin of the name in the first post.

By Mike the troll on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 02:33 pm:

Hey N Da Keweenaw
They are talking about how Ontonagan got it name not what O-Kun-De-Kun means. That is the name of an Indian tribe in the Ontonagon area.

By Beverly, Mississippi on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 04:30 pm:

Right you are "Mike the Troll". We still do not know what O-Kun-De-Kun means.

By mac on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 04:43 pm:

Tell Wenby to be careful...or he may become a white water raft!

By MajesticKeweenaw on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 05:17 pm:

O-Kun-De-Kun means "to keep the net up". O-Kun-De-Kun Falls is named for Chief Kun-de-kun of the Ontonagon Band of the Ojibway Indians.

By MajesticKeweenaw on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 06:23 pm:

Since I was the one who knew what O-Kun-De-Kun means, do I get get a free pasty? :)


By Skylar Baxter Oxford, WI on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 09:29 pm:

My wife and daughter and I hiked to these falls two years ago. My daughter hiked all the way in, dad carried her out about halfway. Maybe a bit much for a 4 year old. Very cool. Later, Skylar.

By Jeff laitila, japan on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 01:59 am:

Beautiful Photo!

As a real Yooper, now living in Japan, I check the pastycam everyday for a little taste of home.

I love springtime in the UP. The world seems to wake up after the long cold winter and everything just starts to grow like crazy! (Including the mosquitos!, unfortunately)

The UP is unique. One of the truley untouched places on this earth. Enjoy it because after travelling I have realized just how rare and precious it really is.


By Matt, Lost in Detroit on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 05:57 am:

Nothing makes me more lonesome for the UP than its waterfalls. I've never seen this one. Thanks!

By Yooper in Michigan on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 07:08 am:

I think that "N Da Keweenaw" had the right answer. If you read the first post, it mentions who O-Kun-De-Kun was.

By Cousin Jack on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 01:38 pm:

Yah, t'anks for dat map tip on O-Kun-De-Kun d'ere, Toivo!
Me visit it soon.

By MajesticKeweenaw on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 03:20 pm:

The question everyone wanted to know was, what O-KUN-DE-KUN meant. So therefore I was the first person.

By Longing for the U.P. in Kansas on Saturday, June 8, 2002 - 01:23 am:

Hey, nice shot of the upper falls, but be sure to walk downstream to the main attraction. The pool below the upper falls make a nice place to swim in the summer, but the larger fall downstream by the NCT bridge is much taller and you can actually go stand on the rock shelf behind it. It's a really cool place to meditate!

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