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Situated in northeast Whitefish Township, in the northwest section of Chippewa County, Paradise, Michigan is on the western shores of Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior, north of the mouth of the Tahquamenon River, in the northeast Upper Peninsula.

Surrounded by state and national forests, Paradise is one of two gateways to Tahquamenon Falls State Park and the Tahquamenon Falls area. Its economy is based largely on tourism, attracting backpackers, campers, birdwatchers, snowmobilers, fishermen, and hunters. Blueberries and cranberries are harvested nearby, and Paradise hosts an annual blueberry festival each summer.

Paradise is also the gateway to Whitefish Point, eleven miles to the north. Whitefish Point, a cape of the UP, is known for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Whitefish Point Lighthouse, the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve, and the White Fish Point Bird Observatory. It is one of the most dangerous shipping areas in the Great Lakes.

The author, Steve Hamilton, set his Alex McKnight series of crime fiction in Paradise, and his books include several of the natural landmarks of Paradise.

By road, Paradise is accessed by M-123, which runs north along the shoreline from Emerson, then turns west at Paradise. Whitefish Point Road continues north along the shore.

The nearest incorporated municipality is the village of Newberry, thirty-seven miles to the southwest. The only other cities or villages within seventy miles of Paradise are Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, and Mackinaw City. The unincorporated community of Shelldrake is three and a half miles to the north, and Emerson is less than five miles to the south.

Paradise was founded by Ed LeDuc in 1925, and named by Leon McGregor, a Bay City resort promotor, for the beautiful landscape and shoreline, as well as the abundance of fish and game. A post office was established on May 1, 1947, with Roy M. Monk as postmaster.

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