Located on the Eastern end of the Upper Peninsula lies one of Michigan’s most well known natural attractions. Tahquamenon Falls consists of six different scenic waterfalls, the five Lower Falls and the centerpiece of the attraction; the Upper Falls. Measuring 200 feet wide and having a vertical drop of nearly 50 feet, the Tahquamenon River’s Upper Falls are one of the largest waterfalls East of the Mississippi River.
These waterfalls are within the boundaries of the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, so a Recreation Passport is required to enter the park and see the falls. These are available at the entrance of the park, so don’t fret if you haven’t gotten one yet, you can pick one up when you get there.
Visitors going to see the Lower Falls have the opportunity to rent rowboats to access the island that is between the lower falls. It is about an hour hike to circumnavigate the island and get the only up-close look at all five Lower Falls.
The Upper Falls provides visitors with the ability to walk right to the brink of the falls. Be warned though, there is a fairly long and steep stairway from the walking path down to the “brink”. For those that are able to make the climb down, the walk is worth the effort. The viewing platform puts visitors right on the edge of the falls, where you are able to experience the mist generated by the spray from the dropping water.
With the fall color season approaching, Tahquamenon Falls is a destination that anyone in Michigan should consider seeing. If you have been before, but not recently, it’s worth the trip back. New additions to the Park have made these scenic waterfalls easier and more enjoyable to visit. Go online to http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=428&type=SPRK to plan your trip today!