Tahquamenon Falls State Park offers winter fun|
Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a Michigan State Park
adventure, especially in the Upper Peninsula, where bountiful snowfall
sets the stage for myriad recreational opportunities. Tahquamenon Falls
State Park, in eastern Luce County, is where one of the largest
waterfalls east of the Mississippi puts on a frosty show for winter park
The Upper Falls Day Use Area is open to hike, snowshoe
or ski to the falls. A four-mile, groomed cross country ski trail begins
at the Upper Falls parking lot and follows a fairly easy loop through
the Giant Pines area of the park. Nearby, a groomed snowmobile trail
runs 14 miles through the park, with a stop at the Upper Falls parking
lot. Winter park visitors also enjoy ice fishing, hunting snowshoe
hares, and snowshoeing along the hiking trails. Within the same area is
a privately owned restaurant that remains open throughout the winter.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park is also open for winter
camping at the Lower Falls Campground, and electricity is available at
each site. While the modern bathroom in the campground is closed for the
season, clean pit toilets are available. Those interested in a more
adventurous winter camping experience can head into the back country.
Contact the park office for further details and to obtain the required
"Thousands of visitors enjoy the beauty of this park every
summer," said Sue Rose, Park Manager.
"But many feel that winter is when the park is most
beautiful, glazed with ice and snow and so peaceful."
Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses 40,000 acres,
most of which is undeveloped woodlands, including the Tahquamenon River
2003 State Park annual permits are available for $20.00, and
daily passes for $4.00. Semi-modern camping fees are $15.00 per day.
Back country winter camping permits are $9.00.
For further information, contact the park office at