- 41382 Highway 123, Paradise, MI 49768, USA
Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of 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 these falls. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Although not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent. The falls can be viewed from the river bank or from the island, which can be reached by rowboat rented from a park concession. The island walk affords a view of the falls in the south channel.
This is the land of Longfellow’s Hiawatha – “by the rushing Tahquamenaw” Hiawatha built his canoe. Long before the white man set eyes on the river, the abundance of fish in its waters and animals along its shores attracted the Ojibwa Indians, who camped, farmed, fished and trapped along its banks. In the late 1800’s came the lumber barons and the river carried their logs by the millions to the mills. Lumberjacks, who harvested the tall timber, were among the first permanent white settlers in the area.
Rising from springs north of McMillan, the Tahquamenon River drains the watershed of an area of more than 790 square miles. From its source, it meanders 94 miles before emptying into Whitefish Bay. The amber color of the water is caused by tannins leached from the Cedar, Spruce and Hemlock in the swamps drained by the river. The extremely soft water churned by the action of the falls causes the large amounts of foam, which has been the trademark of the Tahquamenon since the days of the voyager.
Phone: (906) 492-3415
Check-in Time: 3:00 PM
Check-out Time: 1:00 PM
Total Sites: 36
Camping Season: May 1 through October 15
- swimming pool
- lp gas
- modem connection
- sewer hookups
- other swimming
- cable tv
- dump station
- recreation hall
- group area
- phone hookups
North on M-123 off I-75 approximately 66 miles to Lower Falls Campground. If coming from the West; North out of Newberry on M-123 29 miles.
PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN A WATER OR LAND AREA DESIGANTED AS A BATHING BEACH OR IN ANY OTHER WATER ARE USED FOR SWIMMING OR WADING. PETS MUST BE LEASHED ON NO LONGER THAN A A 6' LEASH AND NEVER LEFT UNATTENDED.
LATE ARRIVALS SITES WILL BE HELD FOR 24 HOURS PAST THE 3 PM CHECK-IN TIME. IF ARRIVING MORE THAN 24 HOURS LATE, YOU MUST CANCEL THE WHOLE RESERVATION AND REBOOK FOR NEW DESIRED DATES. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A NO-SHOW WITH LOSS OF ALL FEES. FIRE RING FIRES IN FIRE RING ONLY. NEVER LEAVE FIRES UNATTENDED. FIREWOOD AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE CAMPGROUND. VISITORS VISITORS MUST LEAVE THE CAMPGROUND BY 10 PM. HUNTING HUNTING IN DESIGNATED AREAS DURING ESTABLISHED SEASONS. VERIFICATION POLICY IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL/MODIFY THIS RESERVATION, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO VERIFY THE FOLLOWING RESERVATION INFO: CUSTOMER NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, PARK, DATES, AND CREDIT CARD NUMBER USED. IF YOU CANNOT VERIFY THIS INFORMATION, THE RESERVATION WILL NOT BE CANCELLED OR MODIFIED. MULTIPLE RESERVATION POLICY IN THE CASE OF MULTIPLE RESERVATIONS, ONLY THE PERSON MAKING THE ACTUAL RESERVATIONS MAY CONTACT US IN ORDER TO MODIFY/CANCEL THE RESERVATIONS. THIS WOULD INCLUDE CHANGING PAYMENT METHODS AT A LATER DATE FROM CHECK TO CREDIT CARD. WE ALSO REQUIRE THE NAME OF AT LEAST ONE ADULT CAMPER. 2013 - RECREATION PASSPORT (NON-RESIDENT) MI STATE PARKS REQUIRE A PASSPORT ON ALL MOTORIZED VEHICLES THAT ENTER A PARK. NON-RESIDENT ANNUAL PASSPORT IS $30.50. NON-RESIDENT DAILY PASSPORT IS $8.40. NON-RESIDENT TOWED VEHICLE DUPLICATE IS $6.30. 2013 - RECREATION PASSPORT (MICHIGAN RESIDENT) MI STATE PARKS REQUIRE A PASSPORT ON ALL MOTORIZED VEHICLES THAT ENTER A PARK. GET YOUR $11 RECREATION PASSPORT WHEN YOU RENEW YOUR LICENSE. MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.MICHIGAN.GOV/RECREATIONPASSPORT. EMERALD ASH BORER THE DNR REQUESTS YOUR HELP IN STOPPING THE SPREAD OF EMERALD ASH BORER AND OTHER FOREST PESTS. PLEASE ONLY BRING FIREWOOD THAT HAS BEEN PURCHASED LOCALLY INTO THE PARK. LENGTH OF STAY A CAMPER WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CAMP FOR MORE THAN 15 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS IN ANY SEPARATELY ADMINISTERED CAMPGROUND. COMBINED MULTIPLE RESERVATIONS THAT EXCEED 15 NIGHTS COULD RESULT IN A MANDATORY REDUCTION OF THE COMBINED STAY SO THAT THE 15 NIGHT LIMIT IS NOT EXCEEDED.
Cancellations cannot be made more than 5 months in advance of arrival date. Unless a reservation is for a rustic cabin, camper cabin, mini cabin, shelter or yurt; cancellations cannot be made more than 11 months in advance of arrival date. Changes to this reservation must be made via the call center and will result in full cancellation. The $8 reservation fee included in the initial reservation is nonrefundable. Cancellations made any time after processing this reservation until close of business the day before your scheduled arrival date will incur the $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel on your day of arrival or later you forfeit the first nights camp fee as well as the $10 cancellation and $8 reservation fee. Reservations are held until 3PM the day after scheduled arrival date. If arriving more than 24 hours late, you must cancel the whole reservation and rebook for new desired dates. Failure to do so will result in a no-show with loss of all fees.
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