The Upper Peninsula (just the “U.P.” to us Michiganders) has always been known for being a bit strange and quirky, but also mysterious and beautiful. If you find yourself in the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Allouez Township, you have just found all of those qualities in one place – Prospector’s Paradise.

Prospector’s Paradise is a rock and mineral shop in a town that badly needs tourism to keep afloat. This large emporium of Earth’s treasures houses all kinds of precious and semi-precious stones for the collector. It’s also home to the mysterious “Keweenaw Vortex”, a place some feel is bursting with natural Earth energy, possibly because of underground rivers in the vicinity. And just to throw something else into the mix, the land is said to be a Native American burial ground adding more mystery and allure to the place.

The property has become a gathering place for the metaphysically inclined or those “new age types,” as some people say, followed by an eye roll. But Prospector’s Paradise won’t be the ones to discriminate who is drawn to their land and have welcomed the gathering on their property since 2003.


A painting on the side of the store of two robed wizards depicts the owner and the resident “backwoods healer, Finnish shaman and forest wizard,” as John Carlisle, a Detroit Free Press writer, describes in an article he wrote. His name is Richard Hiltunen.

“I’ve always been a dowser so I could feel lots of energy all the time. Every place you go there’s different hotspots in the U.P…This is one of the gifts that God gives a human but not everybody. You’ll be very surprised that there ain’t that many,” he told the Detroit Free Press. He also claimed he was able to “heal and see the dead.” He considers himself a “guardian” of the Keweenaw Vortex. Some claim that the vortex has the power to heal and has done so. Hiltunen claims he has seen people experience spontaneous healings and walk away a changed person.

A “magical tree” where the rivers run below it has grown into a spiral-like shape collection of branches covered in knots, making it looks like something out of a fairy tale. People stand inside of the limbs of the tree and place their hands on the knots and claim to feel the healing energy of the land moving through them.

So if this place really does have mystical properties, have you experienced the Keweenaw Vortex? If so, write or comment below.