Lots of people know of Tahquamenon Falls and tons have visited this attraction, but not all know how to pronounce the name of the majestic falls. Tuh-KWAHM’-in-uhn Falls is how they are widely pronounced. Aside from the pronunciation, here are five things you might not know about the Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
1 – The Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses a total of 48,000 acres of land.
2 – The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is open year-round and it is well worth the trip in the winter.
3 – You might have visited the Upper Falls and the Lower Falls, but did you know that you can rent a boat at the Lower and row over to the islands in the middle of the river? This adventure allows you to hike even closer to the Lower Tahquamenon Falls with the opportunity of hopping in the refreshing water.
4 – In the peak of Spring runoff, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls has over 50,000 gallons of water rushing over the brink per second. The average flow during the year is closer to 7,000 gallons per second.
5 – You might not think of walking “down” to a massive waterfall, but at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls, you have to walk down 94 steps to reach the spectacular view.
Bonus Fact: Do you know why the locals call Tahquamenon Falls the Root Beer Falls? It’s because of the rich brown color of the waterfall and the white frothy foam as the water crashes the 48 feet that gives it the distinct look of Root Beer. You might be wondering why the water is such a dark brown. The color originates from the tannins that leached from the cedar swamp at the start of the Tahquamenon River.
These are some of the neat facts, but they’re not as awesome as visiting the Tahquamenon Falls State Park and experiencing it yourself. If you do make it to Paradise, Michigan to visit the Falls please share your fantastic photos of your experience with us! Share your photos with the hashtag #ILovetheSoo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so we can enjoy them, too!
Cover photo by Dave Burns