Sunday, August 2, 2020

Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point

We made our way toward the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula. Along the way, we stopped to see another view of Lake Superior. You can see the waves here are higher than what we saw the previous couple days at Sand Point Beach. This is more of what you'd expect from this great lake.

Our primary destination was Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The upper Tahquamenon Falls are the second largest in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River. It is nicknamed "The Root Beer Falls."

While it was impressive seeing the Upper Falls, we had more fun visiting the Lower Falls. The Lower Falls consists of a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. We rented a boat to row to the island in order to get a closer look.

We walked around the entire island.

There are several spots where you can wade in the water and approach the cascades of the Lower Falls.

Kai and I walked close to one cascade. The closer you got, the harder it was to walk as the force of the water pushed against you.

Kai enjoyed the experience here.

Next we drove to Whitefish Point which juts out into Lake Superior near the eastern tip of the lake.

This area has had numerous shipwrecks over the years and so they built a shipwreck museum that tells the stories of many of the largest shipwrecks. The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald in 1975 is probably the most famous due to the Gordon Lightfoot song, and the museum covered that wreck and even had the ship's bell which was recovered.

We then walked out to the point. It was very windy and surf was high. You could really see how the waters could get dangerous around here.

The town we're staying in has only a few restaurants so for dinner we stayed in as as our motel room has a kitchenette. We boiled water and we ate some instant Japanese noodles. Nothing to write home about, but it satisfied a hankering for Japanese food which you can't find in the U.P.

Tomorrow is our last day in the Upper Peninsula.


  1. It looks like you had a fun time. Too bad there were no good Japanese restaurants nearby. I know how good food makes for a great ending to a day filled with adventure.

    1. Yes, we all enjoyed the day, especially wading in by the Lower Falls.

      The U.P. is great but the food choices are rather limited to fish and chips, pasties, and standard American pub food. A few Asian places in the larger towns but no Japanese restaurants.


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