Gitche Gumee Chalet Paradise

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






* LAKEFRONT (VIEW of Lake Superior) 

*Because this home sits on a bluff, you are unable to actually touch the water from the property.

***Guests should not attempt to reach Lake Superior from the property.  The historically high water levels have destabilized the shoreline, and 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 for safety reasons, children are discouraged from staying. Safely, adults are able to gander at the raw, primitive, Lake Superior shore while lighting a bonfire among friends.  

This 2-bedroom home, with a master bedroom on the main floor and 3 other beds in the loft area, is a quaint getaway.  There is a fully-equipped kitchen, 1 full bathroom, and a dining table that seats 6. The living room and loft area have smart TV's, and also have Jamadots sticks that give you access to local channels-NBC, ABC, COMET, CBS, PBS & FOX.

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

***PLEASE REMEMBER***Because this home sits on a bluff, you are unable to actually touch the water from the property. 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:  This home does not have air conditioning. There is a ceiling fan in the loft area and there are a couple box/oscillating fans for guests to use throughout the cottage.

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

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

Bathroom:  Main floor with standing shower only

Beach/Swimming:  PLEASE, NO SWIMMING FROM THE PROPERTY!  The waves are just too high. The closest public beach is about 3 miles to the south by the Tahquamenon river mouth.


Bedroom Configurations:
      Master Bedroom on main floor—Queen Bed

      Open Loft on upper floor—1 Full Bed and 2 Twin Beds

Boats No boats are 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 from 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: There is no dock at this property

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 manufacture, use, or distribution of illegal drugs from this property is strictly forbidden.  This property is regularly patrolled by law enforcement and any suspected activity will be immediately reported.  If reported, your stay and your privilege of future reservations will be terminated.  

DVD Player: There is a DVD player available, however due to individual preferences we suggest you bring movies that you enjoy. A limited selection is provided for your use. 

Electricity Due to the location of the cottage, power outages are not uncommon. When the wind blows heavily, 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 the power should go out during your stay. There is a gas fireplace in the chalet, so you won't lose heat if you lose power. 

Fireplace:  Yes! It is a gas stove/fireplace controlled by a thermostat.

Fire-pit:  Yes!  The fire pit is located lakeside, about 10-20 feet back from the bluff. Please check the daily burn permit status at If you start a fire during a 'no-burn advisory', the person could be responsible for all costs related to the fire's damage.

Fishing:  PLEASE--Do not attempt fishing from the property.  It is too rough. There is a boat access by the mouth of the river where some people fish.  In Michigan, one must obtain a fishing license to fish in any lake.  Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill:  Propane grill. Propane is provided.

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

Heat: Property has two heat sources. There is a fireplace that provides enough heat to efficiently heat the entire home, as well as a furnace. Each heat source has its own thermostat. The furnace is the primary heat source for the home. 

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, if you walk out about 40-50 feet, there is a fence.  PLEASE DO NOT GO PAST THE FENCE!  On the other side of the fence, there is only about 3 feet and then approximately a 30 ft drop to the lake.  It is not a gradual slope to the lake--it is a very dangerous, steep drop off.  This cottage sits on a bluff. so we do not consider it safe for children.

Linens:  Yes, we provide your basic bedding, sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you before you arrive. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let us know, and we’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 to park in the circle drive. The house is on a very small dirt road, so be careful pulling in.

Pets:  We are sorry, no pets are allowed at this property. Enjoy this allergen-free home!

Privacy:  There is a home to the south of the chalet, and a cottage to the west. Trees separate the property.  There is about 50 ft. that separate the houses.

SeniorsOn the main floor, there is a bedroom and a bathroom.  Outside, there are 3 steps to gain entry to the home.

Snowmobiles:  YES!  This is a great area for snowmobiling!  A person (resident or non-resident) that operates a snowmobile in Michigan, is required to purchase a snowmobile trail permit. The trail permit enables snowmobilers to ride state-designated trails, thousands more miles of public roads, and on public lands (where authorized). The permit is valid for one year, which begins Oct.1st and ends Sept.30th of the following year. State-designated trails are open Dec.1st through March 31st, 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 TV in the living room and one in the loft area. Both are smart TV’s, so guests are able to live stream using their Netfix or other streaming accounts.  There is no cable, but the owner has also added a Jamadots stick (remote with blue battery cover) that gives you access to local channels-NBC, ABC ,COMET, CBS, PBS, and 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! There is a washer & dryer in the master bedroom

Wood:   Not guaranteed.  If there is wood, 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
  • Heat: Furnace
  • 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
January 2022 - December 2023 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 2 $179.00


Great place on Whitefish Bay
This was a great place for a couple and two friends to stay! Everything was as described and a couple of minor problems got an immediate response. Would happily stay again.


Thank you for sharing your review, Shawn! It's great to know that you enjoyed your stay in Paradise, and that the issues that occurred were able to be quickly resolved. It's great to know that our chalet was able to live up to expectations!
Jul 2022
A cozy retreat when exploring the UP
This was the second leg of our UP adventure. To wake and see the lake in all its splendor, was an amazing way to start the day. The house was a cozy retreat after our days of exploring the Tahquamenon and the shipwreck museum. The folks at the market are a friendly bunch and they carry our favorite beer when we venture north; Yooper Ale. Thanks for the stay!
Jul 2022
A Fantastic Time in Paradise!
We had a fantastic time in Paradise! The views are amazing and everyday the weather was perfect. Wish we could stay longer. Made many visits while here including Tahquamenon Falls, The Soo, seeing friends in Marquette and St. Ignace! The UP is amazing! Love it! Only problem is figuring out the TV.


Hi Louie, we are so delighted to know your time in Paradise, and the UP was full of great memories, and great spots to travel, though we apologize for the TV giving you some trouble during your stay. The UP truly is a place quite unlike anywhere else, so we would love to have you back next time you're in the area!
Jun 2022
Best Father's Day Gift!
We had an absolutely amazing time with our stay here and in the UP. My dad Jeff, is a ship "geek" so I planned our trip as an early Fathers Day gift. He thinks it was the best gift ever and it certainly was for him and I! We are already planning our next trip back to try and sneak a peek at the Northern Lights. Thank you for making our stay so wonderful. We will be back soon! <3


It's so great to know you and you dad were able to have a great stay in the UP, and he was able to geek out with some of the ship history in the area! We look forward to having you both in the area, and definitely wish the best in catching a good view of the Northern Lights! 
Jun 2022
Got to soak in the life in Paradise
We arrived on my husband's birthday. What a great gift to be here. The views are amazing. Our teen kiddos enjoyed the loft area. We had bonfires two nights, grilled out, played card, played magic, hiked a ton, saw a baby cub run across the road and soaked in life in Paradise!
Jun 2022
UP stay
We had a great time. The views were fantastic and the chalet was clean and roomy. The only problem was getting the TV to work properly. It was hard to figure out the channels etc. Other than that it was a fantastic experience.

Glenn, we're glad that you had a fantastic experience at Gitchee Gumee Chalet.  Thanks for the feedback on the TV, and we hope that you will come back again.
Jun 2022
Great spot in Paradise
My family enjoyed our stay at the Gitche Gumee Chalet. We came up to Paradise for a marathon and didn't really want to stay in a hotel. Found this place and booked it right away. I'm very glad we did. It was perfect for us and very clean. Directions on location were good. It would have been tough to find without them. The view of Lake Superior every morning and evening was incredible. We saw ships going through the shipping channel every day from the living room and the deck. We would definitely stay here again.
Jun 2021
Great place to stay for snowmobiling or winter sightseeing
We stayed here in February for a snowmobile and sightseeing trip and had a great time. Snowmobiling - cabin is close to the trail and near town (probably 1/4 mile or so to the gas station). Paradise is a great place to ride from. Sightseeing - great outpost to go see Whitefish Point or TQ falls. Also, the view from the cabin itself is amazing...its a wonderful winter sunrise. We had one issue which was resolved very quickly by the host. Great service. Overall would recommend.

Anthony, thanks for this great review!  You made our day.  Guest recommendations are the best review possible, and we hope to work with you again.
Mar 2021
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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