Upper Michigan Attractions
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Welcome to Newberry, Michigan and the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Encompassing close to 50,000 acres and stretching over thirteen miles, this majestic park is home to the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. Special in many ways, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, with Niagara being the largest. The beauty of this area is a must see when you are making your Upper Michigan travel plans.
Within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park you will find many activities such as birding, fishing, hiking, sight-seeing, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Wildlife abounds throughout the Tahquamenon Falls and by chance you may see black bear, whitetail deer, and moose, along with a variety of birds.
Upper Tahquamenon Falls
Plan a vacation that include the Upper Tahquamenon Falls and experience one of the United States most breathtaking waterfalls. Set within a pristine wilderness, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls is over 200' wide and 48' high. Over 50,000 gallons of water spill over this incredible waterfall per second. Seasonal precipitation can increase or decrease this amount significantly with springtime being a great time to see it at its peak (as seen in the photo on the left). A magnificent walk path will direct your way through the forest within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
As you get closer to the viewing decks, you can hear the growing sound of water flowing and falling. It is truly an awe-inspiring experience for all ages. Please note that there are 94 steps down to the main viewing deck at the end of the walk. On the platform below there is a bench to sit and rest on while taking in the beauty of the falls.
Lower Tahquamenon Falls
The Lower Tahquamenon Falls is located 4 miles downstream from the upper where there are many small waterfalls that cascade around an island. There are boat rentals available at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls along with a seasonal concession stand. Many visitors come here to wade in the water and shoot the small falls. This is a great opportunity to take photos and hike. Here you will find a four mile hiking trail that connects the Lower to the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.
The Lower Tahquamenon Falls four mile hike to the Upper Falls is a great experience that entails a winding path along the Tahquamenon River. This is a long trail, please bring adequate clothing, food and water with you along this hiking excursion. Because of the terrain, it does take a while to traverse. Shuttles by Tahqua Trekker are available at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, please click here for details.
Fine Dining and Gifts
Visit the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub & Camp 33 Located within the State Park at the Upper Falls. Enjoy fine dining and micro brewed beers from the north. Try their famous Fresh Whitefish Dinners, Buffalo Burgers, Wild Rice Soup, Mushroom Pesto, Pork Tenderloin Medallions, Homemade Pasties, and more! Try one of their handcrafted beers: Falls Tannin, Porcupine Pale Ale, and Lumberjack Lager. Camp 33 also has a unique gift shop with fine art, jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs. Click here to visit their Website.
Tahquamenon Falls Indian Lore and History
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, which is the result of leaching of tannic acid from the cedar and hemlock swamps that feed the river.
Surrounded in old growth forest, this special place was rich in Ojibwa Indian culture, fur trading and later played a major part in the days of Lumberjacks. The River was used in the logging industry to transport logs down to their destination. The Tahquamenon River and Falls hold a precious and rich part of our area’s history.
"The Tahquamenon is noted as being the land of Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha - "by the rushing Tahquamenaw" where Hiawatha built his canoe."—Wikipedia, click here to learn more.
Birding the Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Migrating birds using Whitefish Point to enter or return from Canada, pass through the park every spring and fall. More than 300 species, including the rarities, have been documented using this migration corridor.
The park also provides exciting birding during the breeding season. A variety of natural communities including, old-growth hardwood forests, red pine/white pine ridges, jack pine plains, grass and shrub peat lands, and black spruce bogs offer nesting habitat for approximately 125 species. Among these are several boreal species including spruce grouse, gray jay, black-backed woodpecker and boreal chickadee.
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The Tahquamenon Falls State Park has many year-round events to check out that all ages will enjoy: Hike Between Da Falls, bird watching, interpretive programs, and their seasonal boat rental, just to name a few. Nature lovers will enjoy the Seney Wildlife Refuge. They hold many special events that are both educational and exciting.
Where your vacation begins “Naturally”!