Tahquamenon Falls on Michigan's Upper Peninsula is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. The Upper Falls of "Tahq Falls", as the locals usually call this state park, is over 200 feet wide and almost 50 feet tall.
The brown color to the water of the Tahquamenon River here comes not from being muddy, but from tannins leached from the dense cedar-hemlock-spruce swamps in the river's headwaters. The river's total watershed encompasses more than 790 square miles.
This is the land of Longfellow's Hiawatha ("by the rushing Tahquamenaw" Hiawatha built his canoe). The Objibwa Indians lived in this rich land of fish, fur, and big game. In the late 1800's, much of the region was logged off, with the Tahq River being one of the main tranportation routes to drive logs to the sawmills. Today, the falls are protected by this wonderful Michigan State Park for all to enjoy.
Photo location: Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan.
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