Did you know this about Tahquamenon State Park and Falls?
The centerpiece of Tahquamenon Falls State Park’s nearly 50,000 acres is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls viewable from multiple accessible overlooks. The Upper Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River, has a drop of nearly 50 feet, is more than 200 feet across and has a maximum water flow of more than 50,000 gallons per second. Just 4 miles downstream is the Lower Falls, which consists of a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island that can be reached by a rowboat rented from a park concession.
1. Did you know that Tahquamenon State Park is open year round? There is no off season. Trails, cross-country skiing, camping and lodging are all available in the state park. You can enjoy a lantern-lit snowshoe path in the winter. Visit in the winter to see this natural wonder covered in snow. Tahquamenon Falls State Park Map Tahquamenon Falls Visitor Information
2. Did you know that there are actually 2 waterfalls at Tahquamenon Falls? The more well known Upper Tahquamenon Falls is 200 feet across with a drop of almost 50 feet. The Lower Tahquamenon Falls are about 4 miles downstream. They are in fact a series of five small falls around a small island.
3. Did you know that you can rent a boat at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls? You can row over to the islands in the middle of river and enjoy great trails to hike with plenty of viewing areas.
4. Did you know that Tahquamenon Falls is the 3rd most voluminous waterfall east of the Mississippi River? Niagara Falls and Cohoes Fall have more.
5. Did you know that Tahquamenon Falls State Park is the 2nd largest state park in Michigan? It has a total of 46, 179 acres trailing Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park’s 59,020 acres. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is 4 times the size of the 3rd larges state Park, Wilderness State Park in Emmet County.
6. Did you know that locals call Tahquamenon Falls the “Root Beer Falls? Because of the rich brown color of the waterfall with the frothy foam as the water crashes down gives it the look of root beer. The brown color is from the tannins that leach in from the cedar swamp at the beginning of the Tahquamenon River.
7. Did you know that it only takes 94 steps to reach the best view? At the Upper Tahquamenon Falls you can walk down just 94 steps to reach a spectacular view. The great thing about the Falls is that there are plenty of places with awesome views that don’t require steps too!
8. Did you know that there is a family friendly swimming site at the falls? Near Tahquamenon Fall’s lower falls is the perfect place to relax and enjoy playing in the falls. There is shallow and calm waters around some of the lower falls.
9. Did you know that Tahquamenon Falls has track chairs to help make the park more accessible for wheelchair users? These off-road, electronic chairs can easily handle trails, snow, sand and up to 8 inches of water. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. Track Chair Information
10. Did you know that the Tahquamenon River flows northeast nearly 100 miles? It empties into the Lake Superior Whitefish Bay. Its origin is from the water springs north of the town of McMillan, the river drains the watershed of an area of about 800 miles.
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