Paradise Lake Fast Facts

Posted by Kyle Lieberman on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 3:51pm.

Paradise Lake At a Glance:

  • Depth- the max depth is 17-18 feet.  The majority of the lake’s depth is 4-10 feet. 
  • Shoreline miles: 9.7 miles
  • Water acreage: 1947 acres
  • Primary inflow: Mud Creek on the eastern shore of the lake
  • Primary outflow: Carp River on the western shore of the lake, south of the public access boat launch
  • Stony Point: Large peninsula on the southern part of the eastern shore that protrudes roughly a third of the way across the lake.
  • Carlton Cove: On the western shore, home to the Carlton Cove Resort.
  • Ashbaugh Point: located on the western part of the northern shore.
  • Paradise Lake is located mainly in Emmet County with the eastern portion in Cheboygan County



  • Dominant Predators- largemouth bass, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and walleye (which are still being stocked on a normal basis)
  • Panfish- pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, and yellow perch.
  • Invasive species: Zebra mussels have been reported.  However, they haven't disrupted the lakes indigenous species or fishing in the area yet and are just considered a nuisance.

Vegetation: Based on 2008 Study

  • Vegetation was found in 82% of the samples, while 18% of samples found little to no vegetation.
  • Eurasian watermilfoil and slender naiad were the most common plants in the lake, followed by muskgrass and pondweed.
  • 44% of the lake was classified as heavy vegetation
  • 14% was classified as medium
  • 24% was classified as light
  • 18% was classified as little to none.
  • In total, roughly 58% of the lake is considered to have medium to heavy vegetation.
  • Invasive Species: Eurasian watermilfoil is all over the lake. Sometime between the 1950’s and the 1980’s this invasive plant became present in the lake.  The plant grows seemingly uncontrollably and crowds out other vegetation for both sunlight and nutrients.  This plant is also known to be a problem for boaters in shallow areas.

On The Lake:

  • Paradise Lake Association:  This association’s goal is to preserve and protect the lake in any way they can. Very active organization that always seems to have an event ongoing.
  • Paradise Lake Improvement Board: The board’s goal is to preserve the lake not only for recreation and beauty but also for economical purposes.
  • Stony Point Nature Preserve: Located on the Stony Point peninsula.  50 acres with 3,000 feet of lake frontage.
  • William and Stephanie Veiling Nature Preserve: Located just south of the Stony Point Nature Preserve. 66 acres.
  • John and Julia Pachy Nature Preserve: Located on the southwestern corner of the lake. Near US-31.
  • Clyde’s Place: 6337 Paradise Trail, Carp Lake. Pub/American style restaurant. 

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