looking up at pine trees in a forest

Visit our nature oasis!

Explore the wildlife and waterfalls abound in Tahquamenon Country! Learn more and plan your trip here.

Here in Tahquamenon Country, the nature surrounding us is the attraction. You, your friends and family can experience two state parks in one visit. One is the site of a former lumbering town and Indian encampment that now loans itself to hiking among forests, lakes and streams — Muskallonge Lake State Park. The other is home to the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River and several other small waterfalls amber in color, resembling root beer — Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

While you’re in our state parks and exploring our region, you have a good chance of seeing wildlife you likely wouldn’t at home. Several bird species pass through on their way to Whitefish Point’s acreage of Seney National Wildlife Refuge as they migrate each spring and fall, making us a premier birdwatching destination. We are the Moose Capital of Michigan, so keep an eye out and a camera ready for a sighting! The wildlife spotting doesn’t stop there, either. Come to Oswald’s Bear Ranch to meet 40 bears ranging from young cubs to full adults. You can even pose with some of them and feed them a treat! 

But this isn’t just a place for sightseeing, it’s also a place for doing — other nature opportunities include hunting for mushrooms to cook with, agates to display at home and other unique rocks. 

And if after all of those stops, you’re still looking for more nature opportunities, come up to see our beautiful and breathtaking fall color each year. All of these destinations get a new pop of color that is jaw-dropping in photographs, but even more so when you experience it for yourself in person! 

So plan your visit today, and make your way up here. Our nature is just waiting to be explored!


Kirkland Warbler
POV biker racing down a dirt track in the forest
Yellow Ladyslippers
Tahquamenon Falls in summer
scenic shot of Crisp Point Lighthouse
a small bunch of white trillium on the forest floor
closeup of rocks
Blackburian Warbler on a pine tree limb
The Tahquamenon Falls Riverboat heading up the river.
The northern lights over Lake Superior