Press Release: Paradise, MI: Wolves, Moose, Incredible Vacations

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    Press Release

    Paradise Area Tourism Council
    P.O. Box 64, Paradise, Michigan 49768 USA
    Telephone: (906) 492-3927 (Voicemail only)
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    Things to do in Paradise,

    Paradise, Michigan is one of the best kept vacation secrets in America.
    Located in the heart of Lake Superior State Forest (1,020,000 acres) on
    the shore of Hiawatha's Lake Gitchigumie, near the historic Tahquamenon
    and Hemingway's Two-Hearted Rivers, Paradise is an ideal destination
    for anyone seeking outdoor adventures. With many of America's
    wilderness areas being crowded by millions of people in search of the
    quiet serenity that only nature can offer, Paradise more than lives up
    to its name by offering one of the largest wilderness regions in the
    United States.

    Summer visitors can enjoy birdwatching, kayaking and canoeing, camping
    and backpacking,
    fishing our many lakes and rivers, ORVing, or just driving quietly
    along hundreds of miles of
    public trails. You can SCUBA dive a graveyard of sunken ships claimed
    by the legendary gales of Lake Superior, or launch your boat from the
    public access at Whitefish Point Harbor. Historic Whitefish Point
    offers a view of one of the last working lighthouses, as well as a
    Shipwreck Museum, gift shop, and birdwatching center. Or visit the
    waterfalls of the Tahquamenon River; the Upper Falls is the largest
    waterfall east of the Mississippi, and its honey-colored tannin-hued
    waters make it unlike any other.

    Winter turns Paradise, Michigan into a true winter wonderland. With an
    annual 20+ feet of
    snowfall, Paradise gets more powder than Anchorage, Alaska, and
    midwinter temps sometimes dip below minus-30 Farenheit. Snowmobile
    rentals and fuel are available, and a groomed trail provides access to
    local businesses. If snowmobiling isn't your thing, consider the
    hundreds of miles of groomed and ungroomed trails that are open to
    snowshoeing and cross-country skiers.

    Paradise has been called the Blueberry Capitol of the World, and
    rightfully so; from July
    through November, blueberry lovers can pick their fill from public
    forest, without permit or fee
    (who says nothing is free anymore?). And the Annual Blueberry Festival,
    held the third weekend of August, is a celebration not to be missed by
    visitors or residents.

    Wildlife is abundant in the Paradise area of Lake Superior State
    Forest. Moose are especially prevalent near the mouth of the
    Tahquamenon River, but the region is also home to black bears, otters,
    cougars, gray wolves, whitetails, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, and
    other wild species to delight the most avid naturalist. Bring a camera
    to record what are sure to be great memories.

    For a guaranteed view of wildlife, world renowned Oswald's Bear Ranch,
    30 miles west of
    Paradise, offers a unique close-up view of black bears of different
    ages. Admission is $10 per car, and visitors can enjoy the unguided
    walk-through tour for as long as they'd like.

    If you've a hankering to see full-blooded timber wolves, Paradise can
    fulfill that desire as
    well. Just 5 miles north of town on Whitefish Point Road you'll find
    Timberwolf Wilderness
    Adventures guide service, where professional guides Cheanne Chellis and
    author Len McDougall conduct by-appointment-only seminars free of
    charge. There you'll meet Chakota, Kenai, and Nahanni, learn about wolf
    behavior from two of America's most knowledgeable canine experts, and
    maybe get a wolf kiss from Chakota, leader of the pack. Call for an
    appointment at (906) 492-3905; drop-ins must frequently be turned away.

    Timberwolf Wilderness Adventures also provides guided tours and
    wilderness skills classes.
    Summer visitors can kayak a leisurely 18 miles downstream on the
    Tahquamenon River, or take a more adventurous 3-day tour of the wild
    Betsy River. Winter visitors can learn to actually drive a dogsled in
    TWA's Dogsledding Workshops, or take a day-long snowshoe tour of
    winter-hushed forest. Afficionados of wilderness survival can book a
    course with globally
    recognized expert Len McDougall in any season. All equipment and meals
    are provided. Cost is $100 per day per person for day tours and
    workshops, $150 per day per person for multi-day excursions.

    Paradise offers a number of clean, comfortable motels and lodging
    resorts, from the modern
    Best Western and historic Curley's to the cozy Vagabond hotel and
    romantic Whitefish Bay
    Cabins. You'll find plenty of parking space for boat, snowmobile, and
    ORV trailers, or the
    largest RVs and tour buses.

    If you'd prefer to camp, Michigan's Department of Natural Resources
    operates two fully
    attended modern campgrounds on the Tahquamenon River, complete with
    heated bathrooms,
    showers, and waste dump facilities. Two unattended rustic campgrounds
    on beautiful Andrus
    Lake and the wild Betsy River Flooding provide the serenity many
    visitors are seeking, as well as some of the best pike fishing you'll
    find anywhere.

    If you're looking for a fine meal, there are a number of good choices.
    Camp 33 at Tahquamenon's Upper Falls, 14 miles west on M-123, is a
    premiere year-round dining establishment, complete with a micro-brewery
    offering unique local beers (a Parks sticker is required between 8 a.m.
    and 5 p.m.). In town, Little Falls restaurant, adjoining the Red
    Flannel Saloon is another great choice. And don't overlook Brown's Fish
    House on M-123 at the edge of town, where you'll find the freshest
    whitefish you've ever tasted. If you awaken with a big appetite, stop
    in to the Berry Patch Bakery and ask for Shirley's belt-loosening
    Lumberjack Breakfast.

    If you're planning a vacation that involves getting close to nature,
    Paradise is the very definition of wilderness. Being neighborly is a
    way of life for Paradisians, so if you've been disillusioned by
    trampled parks and tourist destinations where visitors are made to feel
    like dollar signs, don't you think it's time to experience Paradise?
    , Mar 17, 2006
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