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Upper Tahquamenon Falls
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Upper Tahquamenon Falls Chippewa County Michigan
The Upper Tahquamenon Falls, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is one of the largest waterfalls east of the
Mississippi. Created by an ancient earthquake the Upper Tahquamenon Falls
has a vertical drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200
feet wide. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons per second
of water has been recorded flowing over this drop.
The amber color of the water is not rust or mud. It is caused by tannin
leached from the Cedar, Spruce and Hemlock in the swamps drained by the
river. The extremely soft water churned by the action of the falls causes
the extensive amounts of foam which has been the trademark of the
Tahquamenon River since the days of early explores.
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