Tahquamenon Falls camping is located 5 miles south of Paradise and offers electricity at each site. Boat launch facilities, fishing platform and kayak rental are available.
We stayed in site 38, in the Lower Falls- Portage campground. It's an open area which is shaded. We had 30 amp and access to drinking water on site. Verizon was able to bring in 3G, at best. Bathroom/Showers were about 200 feet from our site. They were extremely clean, even though it was rainy and muddy. As for the rain, our site didn't have standing water, but it was mainly dirt, which was a challenge not to track in our rig. Bring a rug or at least a mat! Nice big fire pits. There is a guy that drives through the park frequently, selling firewood for $5 a bundle. From our campground, it was a short hike, down to the lower falls, store and restaurant. if you make the loop around the lower falls, it's about 3 miles and half of it is through some amazing woods. You can also hike to the Upper falls, that's about a 4 mile hike, one way. But as a reward, there is a Brewery, restaurant, store, big deck with fireplace, at the entrance of the Upper falls. If you truly want to camp to get away from TV, Internet, phones and the daily grind, this place might be for you.
We took spots R101 and R102 at Tahquamenon Falls Rivermouth Pines
Spots were amazing! Right next to the water, but still had shade. Decent pit toilet nearby as well. We didn’t use the amenities at the Modern sites because they were having water problems
There is easy access to both the Tahquamenon River and Lake Superior. If you plan ahead, you can reserve one of the riverside campsites and just slide your watercraft into the river. You can travel a very long way before you encounter the lower falls, and catch plenty of small walleye. Accidentally, my dog and I went ashore right where there was a trailhead for the North Country Scenic Trail. It looked well marked, though quite rustic, and ran alongside the park for quite a while. The Rivermouth Campground is about 14 miles from the upper falls. We stopped there on the way home. It was OK and real touristy, but we prefer access to the river, so were happy with our choice of campgrounds. It was fully booked so was quite busy, though the river was nice and quiet. The showers and restroom building is very new and modern.
Unfortunately I can’t give this campground the review it may deserve. We tried to camp here In mid- July, but due to recent heavy rains our site was under several inches of water. The campground was crowded and because of the mud, cars were parked anywhere they could to try and not be stuck. The staff were not sympathetic to the fact that our site was under water, and it resulted in our leaving. I don’t mind roughing it out in the rain, but there was no where to put up a tent. We would have needed a houseboat. The Falls were nice but can be enjoyed without camping here. It is the first state park I’ve seen that had a Brew Pub in it. The park seemed overly touristy however with literal busloads of people in and out of the Falls area.
We loved staying at Tahquamenon Falls State Park hiking along the river between the falls was great and it was total worth the extra few dollars to rent a boat and row out to the island. The bathrooms and showers where very clean. Each campsite seemed large enough to stay away from your neighbors.
Tahquamenon falls is a must see… but honestly you don’t need to camp there. It was super crowded everywhere we went, and while we got lucky and got a site that backed into the woods, the firepit and table were right next to the people next to us! The falls were awesome, just wish that it was less packed.
I have stayed at the campground as well as just made day trip visits for hiking. The campground is always clean, quiet, and beautiful. Some sites even back up to the river and make for a soothing nights sleep for tent campers after hiking the miles of trails near the campground. Fishing is not bad either.
There are four choices when camping at Tahquamenon Falls State Park: rustic and modern Rivermouth, Hemlock, and Portage; this review is for Portage. Portage is the most popular campground, due most likely to the closeness to the lower falls. We arrived on a Sunday in September and it was almost, if not entirely, full. The other campgrounds had more availability. Easy access to the lower falls via a boardwalk and then you can continue on to the River Trail leading to the Upper falls (where there was a brewery!). This is a challenging hike but if you go in the summer months, there is a shuttle. There is a gift shop and snack bar with delicious ice cream. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the bathrooms and the shower rooms. Michigan State parks earn extra marks for their recycling: paper, plastic,aluminum, and best of all - propane canisters. I wasn’t sure what “returnables” meant so it might be good to explain. Sites were generous in size but the interior ones did not have any privacy separation, the only reason I am giving this a four star rating. Try and snag an outside site for more privacy.
go here in the winter when its frozen, its one of the most beautiful sights. love this place, will continue to go back. always really clean!
We has such a great time at this park! The sites were quite generous in size and we felt like we had adequate privacy; we tent, so it’s kind of a must. Of course the main attraction itself, the falls, can be heard late at night, right from the campground; it’s amazing. Do you kayak? It’s a must! They provide a slide/railing to easily Portage your kayak down to the water, and from there, paddle to the island for a different perspective of the upper and lower falls! Trust me!