Eau Claire Gorge Falls
Amable Du Fond River, Eau Claire Gorge
GPS: N 46 15.359 W 78 55.029
Access: Moderate, 10 minutes
Eau Claire Gorge Falls is located in the Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area on the Amable du Fond River. The gorge is 60 feet deep with sheer walls. The steepness of the gorge severely limits your viewing options. You do not want to stray too far off the beaten track here, as a slip into the gorge would surely be fatal.
There are several well marked trails along the gorge. The shortest path to the falls is only 200 meters. The main trail does not offer a very good view, but there is an overlook above and in front of the falls that you can easily reach. You may be able to get much better views of the falls from the other side of the river, but crossing the river would be a real challenge. The park signs said their were plans to extend the trails to the other side of the river, but I have no idea when or if that will happen.
The falls is not as steep as it appears. It is actually longer than it is high, but like many such falls, when viewed head on it looks higher and steeper than it is.
The falls is on a canoe route. Above the falls is a long stretch of rapids. Missing the portage would be deadly.