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Upper Tahquamenon Falls

Paradise, Michigan 49768 USA

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“see peaceful river as it flows away between reddish bluffs”

The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains. The upper falls are more than 200 feet (60 m) across and with a drop of approximately 48 feet (14 m) During the late spring runoff, the river drains as much as 50,000 US gallons (190,000 L) of water per second, making the upper falls the third most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls, both in New York State. There is no jumping off the falls. The lower falls, located four miles (6.5 km) downstream, are a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island which can be reached by rowboat. A hiking trail runs between the falls along the riverside, and visitors often play in the lower falls during the summer heat.

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Joel Schat

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September 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

The upper falls in themselves are absolutely gorgeous! I came in september but I am imagining it gets pretty busy during the summer.

The walk to the falls is paved and there are a few viewpoints but make sure you go to the one at the top of the falls. It is by far the best view!

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July 25, 2020
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An absolute breathtaking view!

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December 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

The upper falls are a must see. My favorite time of the year is the fall, the trees offer an added warmth to the view. I have also been in the summer and it is busy. The best time to go would be during the week early spring or fall. Highly suggest hiking the trail from the upper to lower falls.

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Upper Tahquamenon Falls

Paradise, Michigan
49768 USA


Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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