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Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Lower Falls

August 6, 2011

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When I was planning my summer of 2011 in Michigan, one of the most frequent "must-sees" I was told about was Tahquamenon Falls. But it wasn't the "dry" stats of it being the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi and second in size to Niagara that sold me - I wanted to see the tannin tinted water for myself and see why these falls are also called "Root Beer Falls."

Per the DNR website, 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.

The Lower Falls are about 4 miles downstream from the Upper Falls.
The trails here are easy with boardwalks, little scenic bridges and few stairs to get to the observatory platforms.

I really liked this sign with the "Prayer of the Woods"

I am the heat of the hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on. I am the beam thta holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your boat. I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin. I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: 'Harm me not.'

You can rent canoes to get closer up views of the falls.
Me at observatory platform.
These guys made me very nervous!
This was one of my favorite stops. It felt really good to dip my tired feet in the cool water here. If I had worn my aqua shoes, I would have waded around a bit more.
All Tahquamenon State Park Pages:
Nearby Attractions:
Rivermouth Modern Campground Tahquamenon Falls - Upper
Differences between all campgrounds Tahquamenon Falls - Lower
  Whitefish Point Lighthouse
  Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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