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"Michigan: Tahquemenon Falls State Park" United States of America Off The Beaten Path Tip by Stephen-KarenConn

  Upper Tahquemenon Falls Framed by Fireweed
by Stephen-KarenConn

Located in Michigan's sparsely populated Upper Peninsula, surrounded by the Great Lakes, Tahquemenon Falls State Park is a world apart. Geographically it is much more akin to the wilds of Northern Ontario than to the industrial enclaves of Michigan's southern cities.

The Upper Falls, the Lower Falls, and 13 miles of the clean but tannin stained Tahquamenon River are preserved in this 40,000 state park. The centerpiece is the Upper Falls, pictured here. It plunges 50 feet, is 200 feet wide, and has a maximum flow of 50,000 gallons per second, making it one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi River, second only to Niagara. The river and falls were immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

Thahquemenon Falls State Park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, sightseeing, picnicking and camping. Karen and I camped here in the summer of 2003, and made this our base for exploring more of the many wonders of Michigan's fabulous Upper Peninsula.

The park is open year round, and the falls freezes over in winter. I would love to see it then.

In the northeastern part of the Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between Newberry and Paradise, along M-123.

Phone: 1-906-492-3590

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2004
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