Tahquamenon Falls

October 2003

State: Michigan

Location: Tahquamenon Falls State Park, on MI-123, 20 miles west of Paradise, 25 miles north of Newberry, on the east end of the U.P.

Height: 50

Crest: 200

Water Source: Tahquemenon River

Waypoint: 46.57495N 85.25745W

Summary: This is the largest waterfall in Michigan, and in terms of volume it is in the top five for waterfalls east of the Mississipi. It is a bit out of the way. There are no other significant falls within a two hour drive, but the park offers lots of hiking and camping activities. If you happen to be circling Lake Superior visiting waterfalls , make sure to visit this one.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park park is on MI-123. It is on the map and is easy to find, but it is a bit out of the way. There are three sections to the park: the upper falls, the lower falls, and the rivermouth campsite.

The upper falls are the more scenic and are easily accessible. At 50 feet high, and 200 feet wide, the upper falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. It is a short walk from the parking lot to the falls, and there are several nice vantage points reachable by stairs. There is also a microbrewery at the upper falls, a gift shop and icecream.

Naturally occurring tannic acids in the water give the falls their brownish tea color.

There is a trail between the upper and the lower falls. It is 4+ miles, with some ups and downs, mostly through woods well above the river. The river is quite calm between the two falls, and there is not much rock to see.

Here is a short movie of Tahquamenon Falls.

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Tahquamenon Falls is easily one of the most impressive waterfalls in the State. It is also one of the more isolated. Other than the Lower Falls, the nearest waterfall is Ontario's Crystal Falls, which is a 90 minute drive away. The nearest Michigan waterfall is Sable Falls, which is a 2 hour drive away.

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