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Description - Featuring the Tahquamenon River, this state park is comprised of nearly 40,000 woodland acres without the interference of roads, buildings, and power lines. The highlight of this expansive park is the Upper Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. A second falls, referred to as the Lower Falls is not as dramatic but equally magnificent.

This is the land of Longfellow's Hiawatha - "by the rushing Tahquamenaw" where 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 Chippewa 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. The lumberjacks, who harvested the tall timber, were among the first permanent white settlers in the area.

Attractions - Tahquamenon State Park offers visitors a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Four campgrounds with a total of 319 sites are available in the park; two modern campgrounds at the Lower Falls and a modern and rustic campground at the Rivermouth. The River Unit portion of the park offers a scenic, secluded campground, with both modern and rustic campsites, as well as a launch site for canoeists and boaters. Camping facilities are open April 15 to November 15, with no modern toilets the first and last month. Each of the modern campgrounds is equipped with electricity, a fire pit and a table. Hot showers and flush toilets are also features of the modern campground. Sanitation stations are available at the Lower Falls and Rivermouth Units. There is no campground located at the Upper Falls.

The beautiful scenery of Tahquamenon State Park makes it a nature destination for hikers, canoeists, and photographers. Hunters find the bountiful wildlife rewarding.

The winter season attracts snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers who appreciate the miles of marked trails. Ice formations along Lake Superior and frozen waterfalls are a photographer's delight.

Recreation - The park offers visitors a wide variety of recreational opportunities. During the spring and summer, camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature study and photography are popular activities. Fall colors provide a beautiful picturesque view of the park. In addition, hunters will find ample opportunities to pursue their sport. In winter, cold weather enthusiasts enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Climate - The Upper Peninsula normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C). Rain and snowmelt in the region can reach up to 200 inches annually. Travelers should be aware that significant amounts of snow could fall within a relatively short period of time resulting in hazardous road conditions.

Location - Tahquamenon Falls State Park is located 8.5 miles west of Paradise, Michigan.

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park, 41382 West M123 , Paradise, MI, 49768, Phone: 906-492-3415, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Upper Peninsula - This region encompasses nearly the entire Upper Peninsula landmass embracing windswept mountain tops, tumbling waterfalls, pristine woodlands, scenic lakeshores, and welcoming communities.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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