Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Summer or Winter, Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an amazing place.

We’ve visited in the summer and, of course the beauty of the smaller lower falls and larger upper falls is quite amazing. This year, we decided to try some winter camping and I’m very glad we did. I’m not a winter person, but by putting some thought into how to travel in our Class B RV and keeping warm while out on the trails, the weather wasn’t much of a bother.

The falls in winter are so different with the ice and snow — and the state park and campground are so much more peaceful with a lot fewer people around. The Department of Natural resources staff are great — just ask them to tell you about what to do and where to visit and they’ll be glad to help.

Consider snowshoeing the trails to see wildlife, or at least a lot of their footprints in the snow, and experience some real peace and quiet in this giant snow globe.

2 thoughts on “Tahquamenon Falls State Park”

  1. How are the driving conditions in The UP durning this time of year?
    We are considering a trip up in our class A and would love to enjoy some of the adventures you’ve blogged about. Our concern is the drive up, being with are Southerns we don’t have a lot of experience with winter roads.

    Have you stayed or know about the Michigan City campground in IN ? We have t had much luck finding an camp open all season below Mackinaw.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated and maybe we’ll run into you while we are there.

    Thanks 🙏🏼

    1. Road conditions are obviously going to change based on the weather, but I would argue that snowy conditions are handled better in the Upper Peninsula by the road crews and the other drivers than they are in Lower Michigan. In part that’s because the road crews are just more used to dealing with it and have the right equipment to get the roads cleared. Any significant snowstorm can affect travel no matter how seasoned the plow drivers are, so keep an eye on the weather. If you have some flexibility and can stay put to ride a storm out that might be coming instead of pushing through, that’s always preferred.

      One of the critical components of winter driving is watching your speed. It takes longer to get moving, and it can take a lot longer to stop if the roads are icy. Snow-covered roads tend to be more of a problem in terms of lane guidance and having to deal with other people’s tracks. I’ve never driven a Class A, but given their size and weight, I would think the biggest issue for you would be to keep an eye on the stopping distance you would need.

      We don’t have any experience with the Michigan City campground you mentioned, but I did find a list of state park campgrounds in Michigan that remain open through the winter. Here’s the link.

      Good luck with your planning, I hope you get a chance to visit Michigan. We have four genuinely different seasons and each one offers its challenges and rewards. Happy and safe travels to you! ~ Ari

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