Tahquamenon Falls, Paradise Michigan
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of Tahquamenon Falls near Paradise, Michigan, United States. The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior. The falls are located in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, between Newberry and Paradise, Michigan. The Tahquamenon Falls area draws hunters, fishers, campers, backpackers, snowmobilers and birdwatchers. The region harvests blueberries and cranberries in season. The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains. The upper falls are more than 60 meters across and with a drop of approximately 14 meters. During the late spring runoff, the river drains as much as 190,000 liters of water per second, making the upper falls the third most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after Niagara Falls and Cohoes Falls, both in New York State. While the name Tahquamenon is now primarily associated with the falls, it appears to have originally designated an island in Whitefish Bay. The first written record of a similar name appears in a 1671 French map.
Whitefish Point, Paradise
Paradise is located on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. It is surrounded by state and national forests and benefits greatly from tourism. Paradise is considered one of two gateways to the Tahquamenon Falls area and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The town was founded in 1925 and the post office was established May 1, 1947. Whitefish Point has the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Whitefish Point Lighthouse, a beach and a birding area, which is a designated Important Bird Area. The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, an affiliate of the Michigan Audubon Society, operates a research and education facility. 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 scuba divers.