Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 40,000 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. One of 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 Longfellows 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 1800s 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.The Tahquamenon River 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 not rust nor is it muddiness; it is caused by tannin 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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Boat rental, boating, cross country skiing, picnicking, playground, fishing, hiking, paddling, hunting, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs
Modern restrooms/vault toilets, electric hookups, potable water, boat launch, cabin/lodge, concession/store, group use area, picnic shelter, dump station
Online reservations available at http://www.midnrreservations.com/presult.aspx?ParkID=6
Group use site: $2/person per night
Lodge: $110 per night
Camper cabin: $65 per night
Modern campsite: $16-$23 per night
Rustic campsite: $12 per night
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Reviews of Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Reviewed by James Murphy on April 8, 2014
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Wonderful camping experience for all people. We prefer the Rivermouth rustic campground within the State Park; the sites at the modern campgrounds are right on top of each other. You can view site pics on the Michigan DNR website of the sites for this campground. We camped right on the river just before the 4th of July. Lots of mosquitos at night. The rustic campground is right next to the modern campground, so we were able to walk right over and shower.
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Reviewed by LightFoot on June 1, 2013
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This is an excellent place to camp. Showers and flush toilets are in every loop. There are hiking trails from the campground to the falls that also connect to other trails. A concessionaire runs a boat rental that gets you to the island between the falls where there are more trails to hike that have great views.
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