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Tahquamenon Falls State Park Offering Dog Sled Rides and More This Winter

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a popular summer destination. The park also offers a variety of ways to enjoy winter including dog sled rides, snow shoeing and more.

The Michigan DNR says there have been improvements made at Tahquamenon Falls State Park for this winter. Enhancements include an enlarged plowed parking area, trailhead, marked snowshoe trails and dog sled rides.

The park covers 48,129 acres in northern Luce and Chippewa counties. Access to the falls is off M-123, about 21 miles northeast of Newberry.

“We have seen an increased interest in snowshoeing, hiking, photography and winter camping over the last few years,” said Craig Krepps, park manager. “Encouraging visitors to explore the Lower Falls area provides that quiet, snow-covered Upper Peninsula experience many are seeking.”

The park has added 4 miles of marked snowshoe trails at the Lower Falls along with a half-mile of packed walking trail. Portions of this walking trail include steep hills. Visitors are encouraged to wear devices to improve traction.

Dog sled rides through the Lower Falls area will be offered on weekends when there is enough snow. To make a reservation, contact Husky Haven Kennels at 516-790-9183.

Winter camping is available at the Lower Falls Hemlock campground for $18-20 per night, and includes electricity at each plowed site. The restroom buildings are closed, but a water spigot is available in the campground to fill drinking containers.

Snowmobilers will continue to have access to the winter parking areas at the Lower Falls and Upper Falls to allow riders to walk the trails to the falls viewing areas.

Exploring the park off-trail, with snowshoes or cross-country skis, is encouraged, but cell phone service is limited. Park staff urges travelers to tell someone their plans and to bring adequate food and water.

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