DNR closes Ely Township bridge

Mar 17, 2017

GWINN, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has closed a footbridge leading to Black River Falls in the Gwinn Forest Management Unit. 

The wooden bridge crosses a small, deep gorge in the rocks that channels water from the river during flooding. Officials say severe deterioration has created an unsafe condition. Decking planks are missing and the railings are weak and worn.

The bridge will be removed in the upcoming field season and that segment of the trail permanently closed.

An alternate route to the falls will be improved this spring or summer.