We stayed 2 nights at Hemlock campground over during off season. There are a decent amount of trees however the campsites are pretty close together and do not offer much privacy. Since we were there during a slow time it was fine, but I can imagine it gets pretty full in the summer. Campground is great for a night to see the falls and or hike but not somewhere we would set up camp for a longer time.
A must if you live in Michigan. Portage camp is a walk from the lower falls. Brand new and clean bathrooms. Sewage dump is a mile at hemlock camp. Get water there before you go to your site.
The lower falls are beautiful!
A thick forest of Hemlocks and pines fill the interior of the Hemlock campground giving it a shady, woodsy feel. Tahquamenon (rhymes with “phenomenon”) has tightly compact sites at the Henlock campground with many roving kids on bikes yet somehow maintains a peaceful atmosphere. Alas, if you’re hoping for a dark campsite, try to avoid anywhere near the bath house - it provides a LOT of light. But with all the trees, Hemlock isn’t an ideal area for stargazing anyway.
The main draw is the beautiful old growth forest hikes to the upper and lower falls. While you’re at the upper falls, stop by the Tahquamenon Brewery for a pint, check out the food truck options, or swing by the gift shop! A fun, beautiful place.
We love wintering camping here, I wanted to share some of the amazing sites to see during the winter.
We snow shoe the upper and lower falls, it’s absolute breath taking to see the falls freezing.
Not a lot is open in paradise so bring what you need. We pay at the booth every year. Fill out a slip and leave money. No bathroom or showers are open They do have a few out houses unlocked.
The hike to the falls is maybe a mile, it’s so beautiful.
Summer camping: has a lot more open and near by lighthouse.
I showed up unannounced for one night and they gave me an auxiliary site which worked out great. Showers are clean. Super close to the lower falls and also the upper falls. Friendly and quiet campground. I’ll definitely come back and reserve a longer stay next time.
We stayed in the Rivermouth Modern Campground. Each of the campsites are very close together and you can see everyone around you. The bathroom facilities were very clean.
We enjoyed renting a rowboat and rowing a short distance to and island to view the lower falls! The lower falls are much more enjoyable to see than the upper falls. The upper falls area is very crowded and you can only view the falls from a few areas.
In the Rivermouth campground, there is a small beach area along the river. It is very peaceful and a great place to layout at night and watch the stars.
We also traveled outside the state park up to Whitefish Point. We went there because there is a beautiful long beach on Lake Superior that goes on forever. There is also the Whitefish Point Lighthouse that you can tour!
Great place to go camping and hiking