Tahquamenon Falls – Lower

August 11, 2011 – I enjoyed the Upper Falls at Tahquamenon State Park so much, no way was I going to miss the Lower ones. You can rent canoes to get closer views of the falls.

Tahquamenon Lower Falls - viewpoint

I really liked this sign with the “Prayer of the Woods” and the reminder to really be present and pay attention to the beauty all around me:

I am the heat of the hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on. I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your boat. I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin. I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: ‘Harm me not.’

Tahquamenon Falls Lower full

The Lower Falls are about 4 miles downstream from the Upper Falls. There is a 1 mile foot trail to the lower falls from the campground.

Tahquamenon Lower boardwalk

The trails here are easy with boardwalks, little scenic bridges and few stairs to get to the observatory platforms.

Tahquamenon Falls Lower - Me at viewpoint
Me at observation platform.

Tahquamenon Falls Lower - jumpers

These guys made me very nervous, especially after seeing this sign:

Beautiful But Treacherous: If the Tahquamenon could talk it could tell of the Indians, the trappers and the modern day tourist who have died in these waters. Don’t be fooled by its beauty. The swirling currents, submerged debris, rocks, whirlpools and undertows of the rivers are treacherous and deadly.

Tahquamenon Falls Lower side

But there are various levels and spots that are easier to walk a little ways out into.

Tahquamenon Falls - Me on river

This was one of my favorite stops. It felt really good to dip my tired feet in the cool water here. If I had worn my aqua shoes, I would have waded around a bit more. My Petoskey friend Holly was with me this day and it’s always great to have a local tour guide to take your picture and share laughs along the way.

All Tahquamenon State Park Pages:

Campgrounds (all)
Tahquamenon Falls – Upper
Tahquamenon Falls – Lower

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