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Tahquamenon Falls, Paradise

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The Tahquamenon Falls ( tuh-KWAH-mee-nahn or tuh-KWAH-muh-nuhn) are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both 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. Consequently, the upper falls is nicknamed, "The Root Beer Falls".
The upper falls is more than 200 feet (60 m) across 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.

The lower falls, located four miles (6.5 km) downstream, is 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.

The falls are within Tahquamenon Falls State Park, between Newberry and Paradise. They are a popular tourist destination in the Upper Peninsula during all seasons. Snowmobile trails lead almost to the falls, and walkways are kept clear for most of the winter.

While the name Tahquamenon is now primarily associated with the falls, it appears to have originally designated an island in Whitefish Bay: Tahquamenon Island. The first written record of the name appears as "Outakouaminan" in a 1671 French map.
The upper falls is located at 46°34′29″N 85°15′23″W, and the lower falls is at 46°36′12″N 85°12′25″W
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  • I personally enjoyed this hike. I wasn’t aware of the mile hike to the falls until I saw the sign. My wife not being and outdoor person and definitely not a cold weather person it was difficult for... 
    I personally enjoyed this hike. I wasn’t aware of the mile hike to the falls until I saw the sign. My wife not being and outdoor person and definitely not a cold weather person it was difficult for...  more »
  • If you've never been here in the winter, you are missing a lot. The Upper Falls were partially frozen and the snow and frost on everything made it a winter wonderland. The trails at the Lower Falls....  more
    If you've never been here in the winter, you are missing a lot. The Upper Falls were partially frozen and the snow and frost on everything made it a winter wonderland. The trails at the Lower Falls....  more »

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