Harmon's Birchwood Resort
On Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior
8442 N. Whitefish Point Road
Paradise, MI 49768

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SEE 2015 NEWSLETTER at the bottom of the page

Birchwood Resort, nicely wooded with birch and a handful of stately pines, is located 1000' from downtown Paradise. A resort road leads down to a bluff with cabins on both sides of the road. The foothills or mountains of Canada, 25 miles distant, can be seen across the waters of Whitefish Bay. The shipping lanes of Whitefish Bay fall within the deeper waters of Canada. Distant ore boat traffic can be seen from the resort. Occasionally local commercial fishermen can be observed tending to their gill nets off shore. You should know when you request “Whitefish” at a local restaurant, it is fresh. Our eastern exposure across the bay provides you with unparalleled sunrises to enjoy with your morning coffee. Everyone seems to comment how close the stars appear at night and a full moon across the bay brings out the cameras.


The protected waters of Whitefish Bay of Lake Superior provide for much earlier swimming than what you may have thought. Water temperatures in the shallow resort waters are not to be confused with that of Lake Superior's south shoreline and its unprotected northern exposure.

The lake has an easy-on-the-feet sand bottom and you can easily walk out a 100' from shore and be in a 4' of crystal clear Lake Superior water. Take out one of our inner tubes for a lazy sun-warmed float.

Each cabin has its own picnic table, fire pit, and charcoal-burning grill. You provide your own charcoal and starter fluid. We normally provide bonfire wood for sale at the resort and wood can also be purchased from local vendors. For outside summer activities we have a badminton/volley ball court, a tetherball, basketball net, and a swing set for small kids. A small township park is across the street. It has a small year round flowing stream pit toilets, grills, tables, and a short nature walk.

Paradise recently was designated by the State to be the "Blueberry Capital of Michigan". This is where you go to pick blueberries and we'll point out some "hot spots" for you. Our Blueberry Festival in August draws large crowds.

Whitefish Point has also been acknowledged by the state to be the "Cranberry Capital of Michigan".

The Tahquamenon River empties in Lake Superior 3 miles south of Paradise. This is a Walleye, Pike, and Musky River. An interesting river, it has virtually no current. The musky pictured below was caught in the Tahquamenon River below the Lower Falls. A canoe trip from the Lower Falls to the River mouth is 17 miles. Allow for a minimum of 6 hours on the River. A private bender is currently providing canoe rentals and a spotting service for area inland lakes as well as the Tahquamenon River.

Lower Tahquamenon Falls

Paradise and the Tahquamenon Falls Area are most noted as being a beautiful natural area. Commercial attractions to compare with any area. . . Yes. . . But miles of hiking trails for those wishing to work up a sweat. If you're not a trail person, there are endless miles of lovely Lake Superior shoreline for you to explore. And if you are into lighthouses, we have 3 within 50 miles of the Resort.



Winter, the years first season, can be a bonanza for cold weather enthusiasts. With our current climate changes, snowfall totals can vary from year to year.  . . from a total of 106” for 2011-2012 to a staggering 200” plus for 2012-2013. Snowmobiling in Paradise is major and accounts for 90% of our business. A locally maintained and groomed cross country ski trail and a vast network of trails at Tahquamenon Falls are groomed by State of Michigan personnel. (map)

We eagerly look forward to Spring. Coast Guard cutters make their presence known on the bay’s ice field in late March and the Great Lakes ore boat season starts with the opening of the Soo Locks. The Visitors Center at the locks offers an observation deck for viewing of the large boats (up to 1000’ long) passing through. You are close enough to see the faces of the crews. Agate hunters (rocks) anticipate the withdrawal of the shoreline ice to find the first treasures of the spring. Anglers come to town with their boats preparing for fishing on the Tahquamenon River or one of our inland lakes.

Summer, as it is everywhere, is prime time for family vacations. We are in the “Bulls Eye“ of so many attractions with our central location. Wheather it is a day-trip out of the resort or simply laying on our beach, this is where you want to be. It is not uncommon for a family to book for just a short visit only to find they wish they had booked a longer reservation. Weekly reservations are in big demand.


Our last season is that of Autumn, my personal favorite. There’s a change in the air around Labor Day that makes me look forward to fall. The crowds are gone, the paces slower, and the nights become cooler. Campfire smoke is in the evening air and the night stars actually seem closer. Autumn in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is special. The hardwoods come alive in color and even the evergreens take a bow. Tahquamenon Falls is breathtaking. This indeed is the place to be!

 What are the cabins like?

Click here for photos and specific information
about each of our 11 cabins.

Tell us about the insides of the cabins.

All cabins come with fully furnished kitchens. We have newer refrigerators and gas ranges. There are microwaves, automatic coffee pots, and toasters. We provide a generous amount of cookware, dishes, etc. All you bring are your groceries and a promise to do your dishes.

All beds are set up with quality linens and blankets. As of April 1, 2012 we will no longer furnish bath or kitchen towels for our cabins.  With no laundry facilities available at the resort or in Paradise, we encourage our guests to take their laundry with them on their sightseeing trips. We will continue to supply our guests who come in off the road with no knowledge of our towel policy.

We do not provide maid service. . . . you will be the only ones in your cabin. All cabins obviously are winterized and have furnaces for our cold weather guests and the seasonable cool evening hours. All cabins are carpeted and have comfortable living room furniture. Bathrooms have fiberglass showers with glass doors. All mattresses are newer and are of high quality. These are not motel/hotel economy grade mattresses. You sleep well with us!


The two lakefront cabins have real wood burning stone fireplaces. They are not to be confused with the "artificial" gas fireplaces. Seasoned firewood is available to purchase at the resort. The wood is also available for the fire pits.

Do remember you may not bring firewood into the Upper Peninsula. This is due to the many harmful bugs we find in our woods today and the states attempt to control their introduction into our forest.

How You Find Us
We are so easy to get to. You already know if you are coming from the south that you're crossing a major attraction in itself, the Mackinac Bridge. After crossing the Bridge, you will exit off I-75 at exit 352 onto Highway M-123, which will bring you into Paradise. To prevent confusion, we put up just one traffic light in town. Go straight through that blinking light. The road is Whitefish Point Road. We are 1/8 mile from that light.

If you are coming from the west, you will take M-123 north out of Newberry. You will come to that same light. Turn left of course on Whitefish Pointe Road. (Map)

Birchwood Resort in Paradise is a great family resort. Generations have continued to return and spend quality time with us. Whether it's a family holding their reunions here, honeymooners, or whatever. We are available for you.

We take pride in our resort and understand the importance of your well-deserved vacation.

The same owner since 1981 knows his area and can get you off the "Beaten Path". We have 11 cabins available for rent and we are the areas largest resort with cabins.

2015 Newsletter

The owner for 34 years is ready to retire and is making this quality resort available.

This is a resort with an excellent reputation, highly rated reviews, and a high repeat clientele. Most important of all, it will provide you with an income to support you as not all resorts do this.

Not only are you buying a business, but also a home (with a wood burning fireplace), and property on Lake Superior. If you feel there must be more to life than what you are currently doing - well there is. If you have the courage as I did when I was 40 years old to make a change - read on. . .

What would you be buying? 12 year around cabins, a log cabin home, and 270' of Lake Superior frontage. This is not a seasonal fishing resort, but a resort that has been operating year around for 45 years. You should also know that by far the majority of the resort's income is from a six month period, May to October. This resort could support a living seasonally if you feel you are not up for living in a true snow belt.

This resort operation offers many options. One of which could be an adult family desiring their own cabins while renting out the balance of the cabins to pay their mortgage and expenses.

This resort is being offered for sale by the owner for $579,000.00 cash. No L/C. Also the property will be formally listed with a realtor during the mid-summer, the higher price will reflect the realtors participation.

If you are financially capable of handling a transaction of this magnitude - consider this sale.

Steve Harmon
February 2015

Sorry, No Pets

It’s not like we’re not pet friendly as we are and have pets of our own.
It’s just we elect to have our cabins and resort grounds free from all things associated with animals.

Your host is Steve Harmon
Office Manager is Kathy

For reservations, availability, and information
Call Birchwood Resort at 906 - 492 - 3320

Attractions you might like to visit while you are staying at Birchwood Resort 

Click here for photos and information on each of our 11 cabins.  


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