Tahquamenon Falls Overflow

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  • Camera: NIKON D3X
  • Focal Length: 32mm
  • Shutter: 1/1.25 sec
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F/11

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This is the largest waterfall in Michigan and one of the most incredible anywhere  – at least in my opinion. Plus, it’s easy to get to!


This was shot at the end of the day one warm summer evening. What’s unique about this shot is the sheer volume of water tipping over the edge. The max flow for this falls has been recorded at 50,000 gallons – per SECOND! I think the sign said water flow the day this was taken was close to that number (like 48,000).

With a just a “normal” amount of water flow this falls is a beast, so you can imagine how amazing it was to witness it at full throttle. The roar produced by the falls made it tough to talk, and even watching the water drop over the edge was an experience that I won’t soon forget.

The shot was pretty simple – I wanted an interesting foreground, middle, and background – and was able to snag all three from this angle.

Oh, the caramel colored water is a result of the cedar, hemlock, and spruce swamps this river drains as it makes its way to the falls. The tannin leaches out of the tress and turns the water the amazing color you see here.

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13 Responses to Tahquamenon Falls Overflow

  1. Ann E. Smith Mercandetti says:


    Are you the photographer from New Mexico that I met here two autumns ago who was taking photos after the rains when the water was so deep – who showed me both the “traditional” look and this more modern look?

    Thank you.


  2. Mariposa says:

    I had the good fortune to visit these falls several years ago. They are, indeed, some of the best I’ve seen in the U.S. Thanks for the photo and for the sharing.

  3. LaVerna says:

    These pictures are amazing…I appreciate you taking time to share these
    experiences with us who have signed up for your newsletter…again thanks and
    continue the good work!!!!

  4. JLDR says:

    where IS tahquamenon-falls-overflow? The U.P.? Off 31? (I lived in Petoskey area & G. Rapids.) 11aug2013Sn5;30pmCTU+2

  5. deb rausch says:

    Steve, I love this picture! Have been looking for a great pic. of Tahquamenon Falls. I would luv to put it on canvas, size 33″W x about 60″L. Don’t know how to go about that or what the cost would be. Any idea? thx.

  6. PhilHP says:

    Steve this is an amazing photograph of one of natures beautiful displays. I have slides I took of the falls in the 70’s. (Upper and lower) if you haven’t experienced the falls in winter, you should. The ice formations under the frozen falls are breathtaking. Again, superb work, thank you for sharing.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks! I have been there in winter, but really didn’t get what I was after. I’m planning a few winter trips up that way this year though, so hopefully I’ll grab a good shot :)

  7. Todd E. says:

    Steve, I took almost the same shot of these falls this past June (2015). I also spent some time around Munising, MI. and all the great waterfalls in that area, as well as Pictured Rocks lakeshore. Have you been there also? Amazing place. I enjoy your site and videos. Keep up the great work!

  8. norman says:

    nice shot BUT i cannot visualize the scale of it. maybe if miss backcountry were in a canoe waving? just a thought. love your site and stuff. do you sell your book as a book? i am printing it from the pdf and it is taking FOREVER. thanx.

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