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About Moore Creek Falls Upper

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This small waterfall is a bonus for anyone visiting the much larger main Moore Creek Falls. This would otherwise be a pleasant, unspoiled 2-star waterfall.

The falls are on crown land. Adventurers can paddle from the community of Madawaska. There is a public boat launch at the Madawaska Community Centre. From here, the distance is about 3.5 km. The main Moore Creek Falls is reached first. From here, a steep trail on the left side of the river (looking upstream) leads to the upper falls, about 100 m further upstream.

Alternatively, it is possible to hike to the falls. It is also possible to hike to this falls, but you MUST get permission first. The owner at Red Deer Log Cabins is currently happy to let you park your car, and will give you instructions for the hike through their property. A modest parking fee is charged, but this is fair given that this is a private business trying to make a go of it. And it's worth it for the main Moore Creek Falls! NOTE: The parking coordinates are for the cabins. You cannot park here unless you get permission. Please call ahead to be sure.

The hike takes just under 30 minutes each way. It is pretty easy going, with the exception of a section of standing water (about 10 cm deep) at one short section along the trail. Rubber boots work great! The trail pops out at the upper falls.

Some Key Facts
Region Northeast
County Nipissing
Near Madawaska
Watercourse Madawaska River
Watershed / % Lakes 2 / 12%
Ownership Crown Land
Landscape Wilderness
Size Small
Modification Natural
Access Shorter Water Route
Top / Bottom Moderate / Moderate
Trail conditions Shorter Water Route
Hiking Time
Coordinates 45.4844,-77.9918
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