When you dig into the Michigan countryside and this water wonderland, you’ll find a wide variety of treasures that are all encompasing and awe inspiring. Across the Upper Peninsula leading up to Lake Superior, there are miles and miles of roads through the woods. When we got to the wedding, my Aunt’s asked if I’d ever seen so many trees. In the middle off all that lush green forest, sits a rushing copper colored river and the second largest volume falls in the Eastern United States, the Tahquamenon falls.
The falls are beautiful with tons of pounds of water gushing over the cliff every second of the day. The water color varies but is mostly copper brown and gold shades. (What a great contrast to the crystal clear sky blue colors of Lake Superior.) I read on a sign at the park that the coloration of the water in the falls is due to tannis from the surrounding cedar trees. When we visited the falls, the DNR personnel were very friendly and knowledgable about the river and surrounding areas.
I remember when I visited the park as a child a dirt parking lot connected to a nice set of trails, stairs and boardwalk viewing platforms. It was nice, but not the bustling park that we encountered this past June. When we arrived, I noticed the newly paved parking lot along with a paved trail system. Sitting just off the “State” land is the expansive “Camp 33” which houses a restaurant, brewery, snacks stand, along with a t-shirt shop. After hiking around sweating and swatting at the flies, we both thought a nice beet was a handsome reward. It’s quite a bit overgrown in comparison to my memory… However, the falls are still the same size.
If you have a chance, please make sure you book enough time to also visit the section called the Lower Tahquamenon Falls where you can dip your toes in the water if it’s hot enough.