A scenic and peaceful area in the present, Whitefish Point holds quite a bit of tragic history. 30 years ago next month will mark the anniversary of the tragic wreck of the steel freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald. Just 17 miles northeast of Whitefish Point is the official grave site of the 29 crewmen who lost their lives in one of the most widely known shipwrecks of our time, buried under 535 ft. of water at the bottom of Lake Superior.
It is here you will find the Shipwreck Museum, a quiet and solemn historical site for some of the many ships that were sunken in the storms of Lake Superior, or "GitcheeGoomie" as they called it. It is here you will find the original bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald, which was pulled up by divers 10 years ago and replaced with a replica, inscribed with all 29 crewmen's names, and used to toll at a formal funeral and mark the crew members' official gravesite at the bottom of the Lake. You will also find gift shops, a light house and several old homes with original furniture dating back to famous sea captain's belongings.
The falls are conveniently located 10 miles west of Paradise, MI, and the state park is right off the main highway. Although the lower falls are fairly distant from the lookout points when you enter the park, for $2 per person, you can rent a row boat and take it to the other side of the river for close up, breathtaking views of the falls. You may also walk the horseshoe-shaped trail through the vicinity of the lower falls to get an all-around view and stop for photos at the several lookout points.
The upper falls are not as large, however rowboats are not provided as the current in this area is much stronger than that of the lower falls. You get a view across the river after following a short trail from the parking lot. If you choose, you may descend 94 stairs to a lookout point which takes you right over the falls, so close you can feel the mist.
A $6 daily parking pass will get you into both the upper and lower falls parks, or you may also get an annual park pass which enables you to enter all Michigan State Parks for a year.
Tahquamenon Falls, located in the state park bearing its name, is quite a sight. Its about 50 feet high and 200 feet wide. The park itself is nearly 40,000 acres offering a variety of recreational opportunities. Park is open daily, 24 hours. Admission $4 per car.
8112 N MI-123, Paradise, Michigan, 49768, United States
Good for: Solo
The best restaurant in Paradise is the Fish House. It's not fancy, but the fish is fresh and absolutely delicious!
This is family owned and operated. Fresh fish is an absolute must. You won't be dissapointed.
Favorite Dish: battered whitefish
camp 33, and the falls the winter is the best time to see them.
Fondest memory: my best memory is staying at Crisp Point Lighthouse,and what I miss the most is the Beauty and the sounds and the great people like the ross'