We are currently at Tahquamenon State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is a beautiful state park that is highly wooded and is named for the falls created on the Tahquamenon River that flows through it. It has an Upper Falls and a Lower Falls. The Upper Falls
is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi (the largest being Niagara) and is 200 feet across and 50 feet high. At the height of snowmelt almost 50,000 gallons a minute passes over it. When we saw it, it was down to almost 7,500 gallons a minute but still very impressive. You will notice the brown color of the water. This is due to the tannins released by the vegetation along the river, much like Black Creek at home.
The Lower Falls
are much smaller but really more beautiful. I couldn’t really capture the beauty on picture. There are several falls on two separate branches of the river that go around a small island. It is just fall after fall and the rapids created by the shallowness of the river at this point also contribute to the beauty. We also made several attempts to find some moose to no avail.
We also went to Whitefish Point which is the northern most point of East Michigan. This is where the Whitefish Lighthouse
is erected. This lighthouse is the oldest active lighthouse in the nation, being activated in 1846 and still used today. Notice how the lightkeeper's house is physically attached to allow access to the lighthouse without going outside where it gets very, very cold in the winter. Whitefish Point is the area on Lake Superior where all of the ship traffic starts converging for the run up the St. Mary’s River at Sault Ste. Marie to transition the locks there and go into Lake Huron. This congestion and bad weather has contributed to over 500 shipwrecks on Lake Superior. They have the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point that is dedicated to these shipwrecks and is very well done. The museum complex includes several buildings including the lighthouse and a building dedicated to the U.S. Lifesaving Service which I learned was the predecessor to our present day Coast Guard. One of the pictures I took is of a freighter
in the channel passing close off shore of the point.
A cranberry farm was also on our list of conquests for this stop. It was located about three miles from Whitefish Point. It was interesting to see the actual bogs
and how the harvest was done on this farm that has been in the same family for over a century. I have included a few pictures of it with captions. Tomorrow we will be on to Sault Ste. Marie with a campsite overlooking the St. Mary’s River.