Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Giffels Webster assisted Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources Parks & Recreation Division (DNR-PRD) with the development of a General Management Plan (GMP) for Tahquamenon Falls SLower Fallstate Park.

GMPs are long-range planning documents that depict a park’s importance in terms of natural resources, historic and cultural resources, recreational and educational opportunities, and economic value.  A key aspect of a GMP is the Management Zone Plan, which reflects the land preservation goals and recreation programming for different areas within each park. Management Zones are developed based upon input from DNR experts, key stakeholders, and the community.

The development of the General Management Plan begins with the assembly of a Planning Team from various specialists within the DNR.  The Planning Team typically includes the Park Manager, Regional Planner, District Supervisor, Stewardship Unit staff, and the PRD Management Plan Administrator.  In addition, staff from all of the DNR Resource Division participates, including Law Enforcement, Wildlife, Fisheries, Forestry and Minerals Management.

The plan was completed and approved on February 1st, 2017.  A copy of the approved plan can be accessed through the links below.

Thank you to all who have participated in this planning process.

More information on the General Management Planning process is available at the DNR’s Park Management Planning website: www.michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans




  1. I have visited Tahquamanon Falls SP numerous times. My main concern with this, or any other state park, is KEEP DRONES OUT OF THEM ALL. Have significantly high fines for violations, $5000 minimum. Maintain trails and visitor facilities in good condition. Keep the parks maintained by the state, minimal private contractors, and if private contractors are used, be sure they pay their fair share of taxes and fees instead of giving tax breaks as far too often seems the case in this state. When adding new boardwalk and staircases, please keep in mind not messing up photographic opportunities with positioning. Keep timber interests out. The two segments of the park are beautiful with their “old-growth” (or approaching) stands.

  2. For the past 10 years we have spent nearly 2 months EACH winter camping Jan/Feb at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Each year more and more people are also enjoying camping there at that time.

    It isn’t just that the campers bring revenue to the Park, they also bring a lot of funding to the area. We winter campers tend to eat out a lot more than the summer people and we need more “stuff!”

    We also extensively use all the trails for all the winter sports.

    In addition, the Parks are the ONE place left where the forest and land can just “be.” No timbering should ever be allowed. Animals and people need the restorative forests!


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