Tahquamenon River

Newberry, Michigan

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A big, slow river offering pleasant day trips and multi-day paddles through remote wilderness. The legendary Tahquamenon—which is mentioned in Longfellow’s famous poem “Song of Hiawatha”—flows wide and deep through nearly 100 miles of the east-central Upper Peninsula. But most tourists tend to be familiar with only the short stretch that tumbles over two popular waterfalls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park. At 200 feet across and nearly 50 feet high, Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second-largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, after Niagara Falls. Four miles downstream, the river divides into two channels around an island and cascades another 23 feet over Lower Tahquamenon Falls. But while the waterfalls attract the crowds, the remainder of the river offers paddlers several options for afternoon jaunts or multi-day trips through remote wilderness.
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Paddling Michigan

by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

A big, slow river offering pleasant day trips and multi-day paddles through remote wilderness. The legendary Tahquamenon—which is mentioned in Longfellow’s famous poem “Song of Hiawatha”—flows wide and deep through nearly 100 miles of the east-central Upper Peninsula. But most tourists tend to be familiar with only the short stretch that tumbles over two popular waterfalls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

At 200 feet across and nearly 50 feet high, Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second-largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, after Niagara Falls. Four miles downstream, the river divides into two channels around an island and cascades another 23 feet over Lower Tahquamenon Falls. But while the waterfalls attract the crowds, the remainder of the river offers paddlers several options for afternoon jaunts or multi-day trips through remote wilderness.

©  Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Newberry
Distance: 65
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 - 6 days
Class: Class I
Season: Best June to September
Local Contacts: Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Local Maps: USGS McMillan, Newberry, Roberts Corner, Soo Junction, Gimlet Creek, Betsy Lake South, Timberlost, Emerson
Driving Directions: Directions to Tahquamenon River

Recent Trail Reviews

8/16/2006
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Beautiful northern area. Waterfalls very nice. Trails not too difficult, although some areas in loose sand. Many areas possible to see moose, deer, and black bear, even though we did not see any. State park and state forest campgrounds are very nice.



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