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This is a really small plunge waterfall that can be reached from the Rock Glen Conservation Area. It's so small that I misplaced my photo, and will have to get another one! Bruce Robbins named this waterfall 'Close Falls' because it isn't too far from Rock Glen.

Most readers won't be interested in finding this one. It's small and probably dry for 10 months of the year. The total fall is about 2 m. It can be reached by following a modest path north from near the spot where Bear Creek empties into the Ausable River.

Access to the path is near the low crossing of Bear Creek on the Rock Glen loop trail. The hike north is within eyesight of the Ausable River, and is about 600 m in length. This takes about ten minutes from Bear Creek. I don't have information about the land ownership. Maps appear to show a narrow right-of-way along the river. Visitors must heed any signs that are subsequently posted; this website does not give you permission to trespass.

What is interesting about this waterfall is that it is actually one of at least a dozen in the Ausable River valley. In a way, this area is analagous to the cluster of small waterfalls that we see in the Short Hills Provincial Park. The falls here, however, are mostly much smaller and even more seasonal.

Unfortunately, here, most are located on private property, and even if they could be accessed, some of the hikes are quite lengthy. Maybe some day more of the valley will be made accessible for exploration. NOTE: This waterfall is coded yellow because the path is not well-marked.

Some Key Facts
Region Lake Huron
County Lambton
Near Arkona
Watercourse Unnamed Watercourse
Watershed / % Lakes 0 / 0%
Ownership Unknown, private?
Landscape Rural
Size Very Small
Type Plunge
Modification Natural
Access Moderate
Top / Bottom Difficult / Difficult
Trail conditions Dirt, uneven ground
Hiking Time 15 min
Coordinates 43.0896,-81.8152
Site ID WOO.LAM.001
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.