State recreation officials today announced Tahquamenon Falls State Park will host a winter festival Feb. 5 to celebrate the beauty of the park in winter and the diversity of recreation opportunities that winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy throughout this nearly 40,000-acre wilderness park.
The festival, which runs from 3-8 p.m., features a fun afternoon of cross country skiing; a guided snowshoe hike, with snowshoes available for those who don't own a pair and a fascinating dog sled demonstration. At night, the skiing will be by lantern light and visitors will be able to enjoy a nice bonfire.
"The famous Upper Falls are truly spectacular during the winter months," said park interpreter Bob Wild. "The staircase and viewing platform at the falls are kept clear of snow, and the Lower Falls campground will be open for those park visitors who are looking to enjoy a unique experience."
The semi-modern campsites available this winter at Tahquamenon Falls State Park include electrical outlets, but no flush toilets or running water. To make a camping reservation, call 800-44-PARKS or go online at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Then just before you go, call the park to check snow conditions.
A 2005 state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry into the park. Permits are $6 for the day or $24 for a resident annual permit, which is valid at any state park. For more information, contact Tahquamenon Falls State Park, 41382 West M-123, Paradise; or phone 906-492-3415.