Source for the North
The Black River
National Scenic Byway
Western U.P. Lodging
Black River Parkway Gogebic County Michigan Waterfalls
The Black River is named for the dark color of it's water. This is due in part to the
naturally occurring dye called 'tannin' the leaches into the water from the bark
of Hemlock trees. Indians and early settlers used this 'tannin' for tanning leather.
The blackness of the rock forming the base for this river also adds to the dark
look of the water.
This rock base was thrust upward by volcanic action and for thousands of years
the river has been cutting itself deep into the sandstone and conglomerate rock
Trails lead to views of several beautiful waterfalls as the Black River
drops from the uplands to the south down to Lake Superior.
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