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Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Lower falls © Mark Ebenhoeh
Take a rowboat over to the island to get up close to these beautiful falls
41382 West Michigan 123
Paradise, Michigan   49768
(lat:46.6054 lon:-85.202)

Phone: 906-492-3415
Reservations: 800-447-2757
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.
Nature of the Area
Moose are occasionally seen feeding in the wet areas of the park, especially along M-123 between Paradise and the Lower Falls. Black bear, coyotes, otter, deer, fox, porcupines, beaver and mink are a few of the other wildlife which can be seen in the park. The abundant bird life includes spruce grouse, pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds.
 Hiking Trailyes
Park Store
Park concession is available at the lower falls with souvenirs and limited menu items. The Upper Falls has a privately-owned restaurant and gift shop, which are adjacent to the park property.
Tahquamenon Falls-Group Use Area(906) 492-3415 50 site(s)Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Tahquamenon Lower Falls-Modern(800) 447-2757 188 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms

Tahquamenon Rivermouth Pines/Semi-Modern/Rustic(800) 447-2757 36 site(s)Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Tahquamenon Rivermouth-Modern(800) 447-2757 72 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms
The Tahquamenon River offers 17 miles of canoeing from the Lower Falls to the Rivermouth area. Put-ins are available both at the Lower Falls and at Rivermouth.
Boat Rentals are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day for row boats and canoes. Reservations available for groups only. Call the concession at 906-492-3457 or the park at 906-492-3415.

The picnic areas are equipped with tables and grills. A shelter at the Lower Falls is available for rent by calling (906) 492-3415. Each campground has a play area for children with a variety of equipment.
Cross-country Skiing
he park has four miles of regularly groomed ski trails and is also open to backcountry skiing. See the links below for trail maps and additional information.
The park has over 35 miles of hiking trails, enabling people to see beautiful portions of the park that are rarely seen by the public. The North Country Trail traverses 16 miles within the park, including the trail between the Upper and Lower Falls.

Trails in the park:

Tahquamenon-Wilderness Loop - 7.4 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Tahquamenon-Clark Lake Loop - 5.6 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Tahquamenon-Nature Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Tahquamenon-River Trail - 4 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Tahquamenon-Emerson Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Tahquamenon-Giant Pines Trail - 3.5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Nature Programs
Nature programs are held 7 days a week from July through September in various locations throughout the park. Program schedules can be found by picking up a copy of the park newspaper. Special events for visitors and campers can be viewed by clicking here. Schools and groups can make reservations for guided tours and programs by contacting the park headquarters at (906) 492-3415.
Area Attractions
The area is home to miles of snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing pathways and a host of winter fun.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 4
It is still a nice place to visit to many restrictions nowadays,used to go there back in the 70`s it was nicer more rustic back then as someone mentioned
September 11 Still loved after many visits by Lucille M. Rugg
Our first visit was on our honeymoon in Aug. 1950. Very cold but beautiful. We have been there many times with friends and family. Visiting again in Oct. unfortunately at 85 it is very difficult for me to walk. Do you have rental wheelchairs by any chance? I seem to remember them at start of paved path to falls. Please reply. thanks
September 16 Beautiful with Bugs by Witum
One of my favorite places to visit. I first went there in 1957 with my parents. They had no observation platforms at the Upper Falls then, and very few wooden walkways. Everything was rather rustic and simple. There were few restrictions then and nothing to keep you from standing right out in the water above the falls, which I did in ankle-deep water. The flies and gnats were horrible in the early spring, worst part of my several visits.


From Mackinac Bridge- Continue 8 miles north to M 123 Exit 352 (Newberry- Tahquamenon Falls), turn left onto M 123. 55 Miles to Paradise. Rivermouth is 5 miles south of Paradise. Lower Falls is 10 miles west of Paradise. Upper Falls is 14 miles west of P


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