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Tahquamenon Falls State Park

41382 West M-123, Paradise, Michigan 49768 USA

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“one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi”

Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded cascading over these falls. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Although not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent. The falls can be viewed from the river bank or from the island, which can be reached by rowboat rented from a park concession. The island walk affords a view of the falls in the south channel.

This is the land of Longfellow's Hiawatha - "by the rushing Tahquamenaw" Hiawatha built his canoe. Long before the white man set eyes on the river, the abundance of fish in its waters and animals along its shores attracted the Ojibwa Indians, who camped, farmed, fished and trapped along its banks. In the late 1800's came the lumber barons and the river carried their logs by the millions to the mills. Lumberjacks, who harvested the tall timber, were among the first permanent white settlers in the area.

Rising from springs north of McMillan, the Tahquamenon River drains the watershed of an area of more than 790 square miles. From its source, it meanders 94 miles before emptying into Whitefish Bay. The amber color of the water is caused by tannins leached from the Cedar, Spruce and Hemlock in the swamps drained by the river. The extremely soft water churned by the action of the falls causes the large amounts of foam, which has been the trademark of the Tahquamenon since the days of the voyager.


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Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 415 Helpful
September 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

Absolutely loved this park!! The upper falls especially are absolutely gorgeous! The lower falls have an awesome campground inside them and there is a boat you can take to an island inbetween the falls that is Very cool!

From a photographers perspective make sure to bring that ND cause you are gonna fall in love with the long exposures possible at this spot!

Highly recommend!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
David Stacy

  • 133 Reviews
  • 83 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

Although the upper falls are the scenic ones you see in all the pictures. It's the lower falls that are more fun as you can hike to them, walk around and wade in the waters.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jennifer

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 10, 2016
Rated 4.0

So beautiful, the falls are amazing, same with the hike that goes along with it.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jay

  • 14 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great area. Short hike to the upper falls. It's a Michigan must.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rachelle.demunck

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

More beautiful than Niagara Falls, in my opinion.

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park

41382 West M-123
Paradise, Michigan
49768 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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