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Tahquamenon Falls SP

41382 W. M 123
Paradise, MI 49768
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4 Reviews
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This state park & campground is located within 40,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of the land is undeveloped woodland. The centerpiece of the park and it's reason for existence, is the Tahquamenon River. There are four campgrounds here; two modern campgrounds at the Lower Falls and both a modern and a rustic campground at the Rivermouth. Benefits of the Rivermouth campground are secluded campsites and a boat launch. We stayed at the Lower Falls campground and don't have much to say about the campground itself. The sites were mostly level and there was electricity at each site. There was plenty of shade and plenty of mosquitos. We were there for a week and had to refill our water tank about three times. The bathroom facilities were typical of a state park, cleaned twice a day and still messy. Rumor has it that this park is going to be updated soon. However, this is one of those places that are so beautiful the camping conditions don't even matter. The Upper Falls are one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi. They drop 50ft and are about 200ft across. It is a 10 minute hike from the car to the falls on well marked, level trails. The trail splits in two directions. If you stay to the right you can go right to the falls with a few viewing decks along the way. The trail to the left is further from the falls but offers the best photo op. Just be prepared for steps, there are plenty of them at both ends of the trail. Don't miss lunch or dinner at Camp 33, the restaurant at the Upper Falls, the food is out of this world. The Lower Falls are located right in the campground. Four miles downstream of the Uppers. There are five smaller falls surrounding the island. They can be more picturesque then the uppers and you get to see them up close. No matter what your circumstances are rent the row boat to the island. You will see a lot more. We spent almost an entire day on the island playing in the water and the falls. Take towels, sunscreen, and the camera! The campground is in a great location for touring the area. It is 20 minutes to Whitefish Point and the shipwreck museum, 2 hours to the Pictured Rocks National Lake shore, 1.5 hours to the Soo Locks, about an hour to the Seney Nat'l Wildlife Preserve, 20 minutes to Oswals's Bear Ranch, and 2 hours from Mackinac Island. If you have the time stay 7-10 days and see it all. If we go back my wife wants to stay at the nearest Jellystone or KOA, but I would return to the state park just because of the location.


Received from Mike for visit in Jul 1999

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Stay Again? YES
The staff were very friendly. Check-in was quick and efficient with the staff being very noligable. The campsites for the most part are very spacious. Some are much bigger than others for the over sized motor home or camper. All had electrical hook-ups are shared by two sites. None with water so you had to search for the few water spigots. The sites are fairly clean but with not to much grass on many.The sites are very level with not to much work having to be done to level the camper. The price was reasonable at $17.00 per night. Campfire pits are a bit tall making it difficult to really enjoy the fire, but the park can be windy which make the tall firepits worthwhile. The restrooms and shower area are new this year and are very nice. Clean for the most part, and very modern. The showers are very large and their is one that is handycap accessible. The only problem I could see was that in the evening most people would shower which meant for some waiting. We ended up taking showers usually after 11 p.m. The park in general is a beautiful park. The falls are spectacular. The lower falls where we stayed at, has boat and canoe rental. A must is to rent a row boat ($2.00 per person) and go to the island. It's an easy row and the island offers many more and better views of the falls. You can even wade in the river and get right up and personel to some of the falls. There is moose, fox, bears and other wildlife in the area. We had a coyote come into our camp one evening to snoop but posed no threat. Canoe rental is $10.00 for the half day and $15.00 for the whole day. Paradise is close by with some stores and restaraunts. Try the pasties, they are great. Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Shipwreak Museum is a nice place to visit. The museum costs $8.00 per person to get in and has some Edmund Fitzgerald ship wreak artifacts including the ships bell. Taking the Scenic Lake Superior drive towards Sault Ste. Marie will also bring you to the Point Iraquoix lighthouse. This one is free and you can climb the tower for spectacular views. The drive itself is a bit disapointing because you don't see the Lake Superior to much but there is turnoffs for access. One thing for sure is to make sure you bring your camera (video and snapshot) and plenty of film. The wilderness and scenery are fantastic. The park also has nightly naturalist programs which are quite interesting. Take mosquito repellant for the mosquitos and black flies are most abundent. Check out time is One p.m. and the park fills up fast so make reservations if possible or get there early.

Received from Harold W for visit in Aug 2003

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Stay Again? YES
The mosquitoes were a little much, but that is to be expected at this time of the year. The lower and upper Tahquamenon Falls were the reason for the visit and they did not disappoint with their beautiful color and large discharge.


Received from Daniel D for visit in Jun 2005

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Back-ins and pull-thrus on gravel and grass, mostly shaded, electric only, dump station with fresh water. Paved roads and trees are trimmed to not drag on RVs. See Tahquamenon Upper and Lower Falls, hiking trails. As with most Michigan State Parks, it is very expensive to camp. The camping fee was $21 a day, plus $8 a day for the motorhome and $3 a day for the car for a total of $32 a day. Expensive.

Received from Norm for visit in Jun 2005

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