Good news if you're heading to one of Michigan's most popular state parks: Tahquamenon Falls State Park announced today that the River Trail at the park has re-opened.
On May 21, the trail was closed due to water levels three times higher than the average for May (according to the U.S. Geological Survey). Rangers and other park staff members have been working to repair the damage, removing fallen trees and repurposing materials from the old boardwalks and bridges to build new ones.
“Our staff is dedicated to maintaining the safety of our guests,” said park supervisor Craig Krepps, “They worked diligently to repair the trail in an expedient fashion, allowing park visitors the chance to enjoy this popular trail this summer.”
Debris remains on some sections of the trail, but the water has receded and users can now pass safely.
During repairs, the independently operated Tahqua Trekker hiker shuttle service ceased operations. The service is scheduled to continue operations beginning June 27. No shuttle service will be available until that date.
A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program.