Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Survey Identifies Plans for a Family of 4, for a 3 Night Stay!

Tahquamenon Lower Falls

In a July 2017 survey of social media, a number of visitors to the Paradise area and residents chimed in with suggestions for a family of four planning a three night stay.  The survey results supported the notion that people like to help other people. Must see recommendations included the Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Whitefish Point.  Must experience favorites included paddling a canoe at the lower falls, an  ATV ride to Crisp Point, rock-hounding at Whitefish Point, the Shipwreck Museum, Oswald's Bear Ranch, Brown's Fish House, and Chainsaw Chad's.  The community of Paradise may be small but the region is filled with many opportunities for a family vacation, so much so, that Mary Kay was prompted to state, "You'll probably need to extend your stay by 2-3 days".

Tahquamenon Lower Falls Image by Suzy Drouse, Pinconning, Michigan

The Tahquamenon Falls State Park provides a vast number of experiences.   Don suggested renting a canoe at the lower falls, paddle the river and visit the island in the river. If you are a healthy hiker, walk the trail between the lower and upper falls. If you hike to the trail and would prefer a ride back, that is available as well. Don also suggested that if you have an inflatable boat or kayak,launch it at the Tahquamenon river mouth and explore the river and bay. 

Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Shipwreck Museum

Whitefish Point is home to the Whitefish Point Light Station, the Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory,  fabulous rock-hounding,  and an incredible view of the largest fresh water lake by surface area in the world, Lake Superior.  Due to its geographic location, Whitefish Point is situated along one of the major North American bird migration routes and houses a warning beacon to up bound and down board lakers as they move from the lake to Whitefish Bay.

Oswald's Bear Ranch

Oswald's Bear Ranch is a family owned bear rescue operation that opens its doors each season, offering people a glimpse of the lifestyles of native black and brown bears.  Housing some 29 bears in some four separate habitats ranging is size of 1/4 - 1/2 mile perimeters.   As one of the top ten family attractions in Upper Michigan, children of all ages enjoy the stop. My husband, 70+ particularly enjoys watching the yearlings play.

Whether you use an ATV or take the drive to Crisp Point, you will find the experience well worth the effort. The Crisp Point Lighthouse sits remotely along the southern shore of Lake Superior.  Having served as a beacon, the Crisp Point Historical Society works to maintain its history and preserve its life saving structure.

Brown's Fish House is a multi-generational family operation that serves the best, freshest Whitefish in Michigan.   You'll find then on the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway (M-123) just west of the blinking light in Paradise.  Plan on lunch or an early dinner, because they do close when they run out of fish. 

Chainsaw Chad's is a unique little studio serving as a shop along the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway (M-123) with incredible sculptures large and small produced by Chad.  Inspired by many north country natural wonders, on a nice day, you might catch Chad and his chainsaw working outside revealing one his masterpieces.  
Hiking the North Country Trail

 Hiking, walking, paddling, the Paradise area is flush with trails as there is so much to see.  Whether you wish to explore the North Country Trail, or hike between the falls, paddle the Tahquamenon, you need to leave the pavement, explore the forests, waterways, and beaches in the region.  Enjoy nature, enjoy your family, and  experience the trip of a life time and develop a life time of memories in Paradise.

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