2008 Midwest USA travel blog

Site 149 - Tahquamenon State Park, Michigan UP

Tahquamenon Upper Falls - 200 feet across and 50 feet high

A closer shot of the Upper Falls after 94 steps down a...

Another shot of the Upper Falls

Another shot of the Upper Falls showing the river outflow

One side of the Tahquamenon Lower Falls

A closer shot of the previous picture of the Lower Falls

Part of the Lower Tahquamenon Falls in the branch on the other...

Enjoying the view of the falls after a one-mile hike through the...

This was part of the one-mile trail to the Lower Falls

Notice the sweatshirt being worn on July 23 - the Michigan Upper...

Tahquamenon Brewey and Pub - Good food and great atmosphere

Looking for moose after driving two miles down a road I was...

The closest we got to a moose!

The lighthouse at Whitefish Point - in service since 1846 and still...

Another shot of the lighthouse

The northern most point of Michigan, looking out across Lake Superior

The freighter in the previous picture

A cranberry bog very early in the season - the dark spots...

The new machine invented by the next door neighbor to beat the...

The old walking version of the harvester

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.

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