Tahquamenon Falls

07/15/2014

 
Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula encompasses approximately 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. The centerpiece of the park is the Tahquamenon River and its upper and lower Falls.

Upper Tahquamenon Falls is one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi. It drops 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 its precipice. 


The Tahquamenon River was made famous in the Longfellow poem, "Hiawatha." According to Indian lore, the origin of the name Tahquamenon is attributed to the water's amber color. In modern day it is often often called "The Rootbeer Falls." The color is attributed to tannic acid produced by decaying hemlocks, cedars, and spruces along the river's banks. 


Reaching Tahquamenon Falls is an easy drive along M-123. The highway loops from Highway M-28 through Paradise, Michigan.

There is a restaurant and gift shop located at the Upper Falls. Originally a logging camp, "Camp 33," the building is a replica of the original camp. There is a large deck with an outdoor fireplace and places to sit and relax. By far the biggest surprise for me was the fine dining and the micro brewery! I can testify that both are excellent!

 


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