Gitche Gumee Chalet Paradise

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GITCHE GUMEE CHALET in Paradise, MI: (on Lake Superior) Sleeps 6, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Winter Warriors Paradise, ORVs and Snowmobiles Welcome, 20 min from Tahquamenon Falls







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*LAKEFRONT (VIEW of Lake Superior) 

*SNOWMOBILES ENCOURAGED! M-123 Trailhead 10 mins from Chalet
Because this home sits on a bluff, you are unable to actually touch the water.

***Guests should not attempt to reach Lake Superior from the property , the historically high water levels have destabilized the shoreline, it is very dangerous to go beyond the fence . Simply put , Stay away and stay safe .

*Swimming, boating, and fishing can be acted-out 3 miles south at the mouth of the Tahquamenon river where it enters into Whitefish Bay.
Adults, come and enjoy a quiet home with a great view of Gitche Gumee (as Longfellow refers to it…”the Big Sea”) Gitche Gumee means "Lake Superior" From the uncovered deck, gaze over the distant water just in time to see the sunrise. This home sits on a 30 ft. bluff, so children are discouraged from staying. Safely you are able to gander at the raw, primitive, Lake Superior shore while lighting a bonfire among friends.  

The 2-bedroom home, with master bedroom on the main floor and 3 others beds in the loft area, is a quaint getaway. It comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, 1 full bathroom and dining table that seats 6.  

For those who absolutely love the snow, this lake house is a great fit. You are on Michigan’s snow-belt and are among many trails fit for snowmobiling. We always encourage you to do your research on trails before you get this home, so you can jump right on from the front door and take off!

*Because this home sits on a bluff, you are unable to actually touch the water. Swimming, boating, and fishing can be acted-out 3 miles south at the mouth of the Tahquamenon river where it enters into Whitefish Bay.



Air Conditioning: No. There is a ceiling fan in the loft area. In addition, there are a couple box/oscillating fans for guests to use.

ATV's: ATVs are allowed on the property. At the end of the road (1/2 mile) there is an ORV trail- Paradise Trail Head.

Animals: Eagles, Seagulls, variety of sea-birds, roosters, squirrels.

Bathroom: Main floor with shower and tub

Beach/Swimming: No swimming on property; the waves are just too high. The closest public beach is about 3 miles to the south by the Tahquamenon river mouth.


Bedroom Configuration:
      Master Bedroom on main floor—Queen Bed

     Open Loft on upper floor—Full Bed and 2 Twins Bed

Boats:   Not provided. 

Bugs: Typical bugs. Mid-June to Mid-July there are black flies and mosquitoes and earlier in season sometimes there are no-see-em bugs. It varies year to year.

Cell phone service: For the most part it is good. Verizon seems to work well.

              * Pictured Rocks: 1 hour and 45 minutes (100 miles)
              * Marquette: 2 hours and 36 minutes ( 142 miles)
              * Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 20 minutes (15  miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 1 hour and 20 minutes (65 miles)
              * M-123 Trailhead for snowmobilers is 10 minutes from Chalet

Dock: No dock

Drinking Water: The Chalet has a main line water filter and also a faucet mounted filter. However, if you are new to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, you may want to consider bottled water as the UP's water is very different than city water.

Drugs: There is no smoking, vaping, or drugs of any kind allowed on the property. The manufacturer, use, or distribution of illegal drugs from this properly is strictly forbidden.This property is patrolled by law enforcement, any suspected activity  will be immediately reported, your stay and the privilege of future reservations will also be terminated.

Due to the location power outages are not uncommon, when the wind blows sometimes the power will go out. The electrical lines are on poles and not underground like in the metropolitan areas. There are flash lights provided if it does go out during your stay. There is a gas fireplace so you won't lose heat if you lose power. 

Fireplace: Yes this is the main heat source. It is a gas stove/fireplace controlled by a thermostat.

Fire-pit: YES! It is located lakeside about 10-20 feet back from the bluff. 

Fishing: No fishing on property. It is too rough. There is a boat access by the mouth of the river in which some people fish. Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill: Propane grill. Propane is provided.

Grocery Store: 5 minutes from mini-mart which is similar to a mini-grocery store.  Paradise Foods:  8271 M-123, Paradise, MI 49768 -  (906) 492-3538

Internet:  Yes, there is internet.

Lakefront: If you walk out of the slider door (closed during winter months), there is a deck with 3 steps. Then about 40-50 feet until there is a fence. DO NOT GO PAST THE FENCE! On the other side of the fence, there is 3 feet then a 30-foot drop to the lake. It is not a gradual slope to the lake. It is a dangerous steep drop off. This house sits on a bluff, it is not safe for small children.  

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I’ll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking: There is enough room for about 2 trucks/small trailers in the circle drive. The house is on a very small dirt road, so be careful pulling in.

Pets: No pets are allowed. Enjoy this allergen-free home.

Privacy: There is a home to the south and a cottage to a west. Trees separate the property; 50 ft. separate the houses.

Seniors: On the main floor there is a bedroom and a bathroom. Outside there are 3 steps to gain entry.

Snowmobiles: YES! A person (resident and nonresident) that operates a snowmobile in Michigan is required to purchase a snowmobile trail permit. The trail permit enables snowmobilers to ride state-designated trails and thousands more miles of public roads and on public lands (where authorized). It is valid for one year, which begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of the following year. State-designated trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. Click here to purchase your snowmobile trail permit.    

Space: 2-level home

Televisions: There is one in the living room and one in the loft area. They are both smart TV’s, so guests are able to live stream only. The owner has also added a Jamadots stick that gives you access to local channels-NBC, ABC ,COMET,CBS,PBS & FOX. There are instructions at the property to change the input for access. 

Towels: Yes, we provide bath towels.  It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer:  Yes! It is in the master bedroom

Wood:  Not guaranteed, if there is some it will be in the middle of circle drive by the group of trees.  We recommend you pick up some on your way just in case. There is firewood available for sale at the local gas station which is within 5 minutes of the Chalet. 


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace- Gas
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Crockpot
  • Electric Skillet
  • Keurig--some K-cups provided
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Snowmobile from Property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/02/2021 - 01/01/2022 2 $125.00


Pure Magic
This was the perfect spot to ride out the end of 2020. Cute and quaint, for those looking to hunker down and enjoy the views of Lake Superior this is the perfect choice. The fire pit was exceptional and the gas fireplace kept up a nice ambience inside. Our only gripe was a lack of proper knives, at first we couldn't find them but the Fresh Water staff is quick and responsive. Once they were found we were underwhelmed to find only steak and serrated knives that were pretty dull, if you're coming there with plans to cook a lot we highly recommend adding some quality knives to your list. We made it work of course and that's hardly a deterrent for coming back. Just worth noting for future guests with lots of veggies to cut! All and all, the place was lovely and the staff amazingly responsive. We would absolutely book through freshwater again!

Cassie, we are glad that you found the perfect spot for ending 2020.  We'll let the owners know your suggestions about the knives.  It was great having you as our guest, and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Jan 2021
Nice clean cabin
The cabin was great! Everything was so clean and well stocked with basic supplies. The view of Lake Superior was a real bonus. We really enjoyed our stay. Checking in and out was easy and when we needed to call with a question, you were very easy to get a hold of.

Dave, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and that everything went well. Lake Superior is pretty magnificent.  It was our pleasure hosting you, and we hope to do so again.
Oct 2020
5 stars
Awesome view, very clean, great location

Toni, you said a lot in a very few words - thank you for that!  We would love to have you come back again.
Oct 2020

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