Paradise is on
the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of
Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60 miles (97 km) by road from Sault
Ste. Marie and about 55 miles (89 km) north of the Mackinac Bridge. Its
zip code is 49768, and the area code and telephone prefix are (906) and 492
respectively. Founded in 1925, Paradise is surrounded by state and national
forests and its main business is tourism. It is considered one of two gateways
to the Tahquamenon Falls area and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. (The other
gateway is Newberry, about 40 miles (64 km) to the southwest.) The area
draws hunters, fishers, campers, backpackers, snowmobilers and birdwatchers.
The region harvests blueberries and cranberries in season. Lake Superior
shipping lanes are several miles off shore. The Paradise post office opened May
with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, beach, Whitefish Point Lighthouse and
prime birding area, is 11 miles (18 km) north. Whitefish Point is a
designated Important Bird Area. The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, an
affiliate of the Michigan Audubon Society, operates a research and education
facility at Whitefish Point.
is the nearest navigation mark to the wreckage of the ore freighter SS Edmund
Fitzgerald, which sank in 1975. Every vessel entering or leaving Lake Superior
must pass Whitefish Point. Whitefish Point remains one of the most dangerous
shipping areas in the Great Lakes. More vessels have been lost in the
Whitefish Point area than any other part of Lake Superior. The Whitefish Point
Underwater Preserve protects the shipwrecks in a portion of the bay for future
generations of sports divers.