About Eighty Foot Falls
This waterfall is amazing… some times. I was led here by a local, who I had met earlier in the day at Fourth Falls. he explained that flows were high in spring, but dried up dramatically by mid-to-late summer. The river falls a total of about 35 m along this stretch of the river. The image here shows only the lowest 10-15 m drop. Access to this waterfall is limited; quite possibly just to the vantage point shown here. A 3 MW hydroelectric plant sits just to the right of the image, and sucks most of the water away from the falls during normal times. It is fenced off for obvious safety reasons. I was told that you can hike down the river bed from the upper falls, but as always, be careful, and stay away from the generating station.
NOTE: It is my belief that this waterfall is accessible to visitors, at least from where I took this shot. The Ontario Crown Land Atlas shows that this is on crown land, not private property. There is an old decrepit gate at the north end of Marter 2 Rd. It was open when I visited, there were no signs, and my local guide said he had visited without incident for years. If this gate is closed and/or signs appear, you should not enter. Follow Marter 2 Rd to the end at about 47.8945, -79.8677. Keeping left, drive 1 km to the generating station at the end (Google's understanding of the road network does not continue to the waterfall). The falls are within view and earshot. The last few hundred meters of the road were not great; I made it in an SUV, but in a worst case, just pull over and hike the rest.
The yellow stars are included because of the rough road, relatievly remote location, lack of signs, and the slight potential that this waterfall is off-limits (just to get your attention before traveling all that way). The walk to the vantage point shown here is very easy.