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Cruises (4)

  • Isle Royale Line, Inc.
    The Isle Royale Queen IV operates between Copper Harbor, Michigan and Rock Harbor on Isle Royale and is a US Coast Guard inspected and certified 100-foot aluminum, triple diesel engine passenger boat. She is fully equipped with navigation aids and required safety equipment. Passenger ferry service to Isle Royale National Park leaves Copper Harbor at 8 am for the 3.15 hour trip and returns the same day. Reservations required. The Evening Cruises offer lovely sunsets on Lake Superior. Head out into the shipping lanes, enjoy the Captain's stories of the history and lore of Copper Harbor, cruise past Copper Harbor, view the historic Copper Harbor Lighthouse and see the rocky, forested coast of the mostly uninhabited northern end of the Keweenaw Peninsula. 1/1/2 hour cruise on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays (weather permitting) start at 8:30 pm from July 4 to Labor Day.  14 Waterfront LandingCopper Harbor, MI 49918Phone: 906-289-4437Email: dkilpela@pasty.net
  • Lighthouse Ferry Service, Inc.
    Whether traveler or Keweenaw resident, don't miss a tour of the Copper Harbor Lighthouse.  This single tour encompasses a total lighthouse experience, including a ride in a boat similar to an early 20th century lighthouse launch.  Because lighthouses are built in treacherous waters, it takes a versatile boat to ferry supplies to lightkeepers and their families. Our navy motorwhale combines shallow draft, maneuverability, and the capacity to run in heavy seas.  The time-proven "double-ender" hull design and dimensions of our launch are identical to the early wooden boats of the United States Lighthouse Service which tended to the needs of the lighthouses of the Keweenaw Peninsula.  You will arrive at Hayes Point just as the lightkeepers did 100 years before you. On the 15 minute boat ride from the marina to the lighthouse you will be given a brief history of Copper Harbor.  You will see the navigational range lights just as boats entering these naturally protected waters have seen them since 1868, guiding mariners safely through the reefs which guard the harbor entrance. In addition to their lighthouse boat tours, the ferry service also offers a 2 hour sunset cruise to the lighthouse and out into Lake Superior. Gift shop on premises.  Mid-May through mid-October. Copper Harbor Marina 15128 US Highway 41 Copper Harbor, MI 49918 (906) 289-4966

Exhibits (1)

  • Keweenaw Wildflowers Up Close
    Keweenaw Wildflowers Up Close now resides in the Finlandia University Jutila Center in west Hancock at 200 Michigan Street.  This museum quality exhibit includes 302 varieties of wildflowers found on the Keweenaw arranged from early spring to late summer.  This collection of images took six years to photograph and was designed and produced to create a breathtaking presentation.  You'll be amazed.  The exhibit is free to the public when the building is open - Monday through Friday from 7 am to 8 pm. 200 Michigan Street (6th floor of the Jutila Center)Hancock, MI 49930(906) 487-7339 

Fall Color (1)

  • Fall Color
    Fall color season in the Keweenaw is one of the best-kept secrets of the Upper Midwest.  The hills come alive with bold and brilliant color created by the special mix of sugar maples, birch and oaks of the northern forests. Late September to mid-October is an excellent time to tour the Keweenaw and enjoy the roads that wind through the colorful landscape.  Brockway Mountain Drive is a definite must see.  You can also get right into the midst of the color along one of the many hike or bike trails located on the Keweenaw. Fall brings warm days, cool nights and spectacular color alongside brilliant blue skies and majestic Lake Superior.

Gardens (4)

Ghost Towns (20)

  • Bete Grise
    Bete Grise (French for Grey Beast) is located 3 miles east of Lac La Belle on what is now mostly private property.  It was once a mining and fishing village with 10 residents still remaining in 1940.
  • Central
    Located just north of US-41 approximately 4 miles north of Phoenix. The community, now a part of the Keweenaw County Historic Society Museum Complex, was settled around the Central Mining Company in 1854.  It's population went from 1,300 in 1887 to 100 in 1905. Self-guided walking tours are available at the Historic Society's visitor center.  Visitor Center open daily from 9 am to 5 pm early June to mid-October.

Guided Tours (4)

  • Copper Harbor Lighthouse Tour by Boat
    Short boat ride takes you to one of the oldest lighthouses on Lake Superior and includes a 90 minute hosted tour of the lighthouse, maritime museum & historic walking trails. 2 hour sunset cruises also available. Gift shop on premises specializing in lighthouse & nautical collectibles and apparel.  Daily trips from Memorial Day through mid-October.Phone: 567-344-0834Email: admin@copperharborlighthousetours.com 
  • Keweenaw Adventure Company, Inc.
    Guided full and half day sea kayak tours to various Keweenaw locations and overnight tours to Isle Royale.  Mountain bike tours also available. Kayak rentals and mountain bike rentals, service, parts maps & trail info.  Open Memorial Day weekend to mid-October. 155 Gratiot StreetCopper Harbor, MI 49918 Phone: 906-289-4303Email: info@keweenawadventure.com

History (36)

  • Copper Country Trail
    The Copper Country Trail is a National Scenic Byway and Michigan Heritage Route that follows the path of our prehistoric ancestors, captures the story of immigration in America, and tells of fabulous riches won and lost. Copper mines, ghost towns, rare flora and historic and cultural icons are readily found in this region of unique geologic history that is home to the Keweenaw National Historic Park. For specific information and driving tours, please visit the website. Trail begins at the Portage Lift Bridge between Houghton & Hancock and travels north approximately 47 miles along US-41 to Copper Harbor. Best time to visit is late summer or early fall (color season), but there is plenty to see and do year-round in the Keweenaw.
  • Calumet Art Center
    Built in 1893 and dedicated in 1894, the First Presbyterian Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church now houses the Calumet Art Center, a non-profit group created to house a safe learning environment where art, culture, and history inspire and challenge people of the Keweenaw. The center offers a full schedule of classes and events. Open year round. 57055 Fifth StreetCalumet, MI 49913Phone: 906-281-3494 Email: info@calumetartcenter.com

Inland Lakes (19)

  • Gratiot Lake
    The largest of Keweenaw Counties inland lakes, Gratiot is 1,438 acres with a maximum depth of 70 feet. Large northern pike, perch, tiger muskie and walleye lure anglers. Public access site and boat launch. South of US-41 at Central on the Gratiot Lake Road.
  • Otter Lake
    A popular fishing lake for the locals, Houghton County's Otter Lake has brook trout, walleye, perch, sauger, rainbow and northern pike in its 890 acres. Public accesss site and boat launch. Several resorts are located on this lake. Pike River Road South of Chassell.

Lighthouses (12)

  • Sand Hills Lighthouse
    This private lighthouse is located on the Five Mile Point Road, 8 miles north of Ahmeek. Construction began in 1917 and the light went into operation in 1919. The light went out of service in 1945 and is now a private residence.
  • Mendota Lighthouse
    The original tower was built in 1870 on Mendota Point to guide ships into Lac La Belle through the Mendota Ship Canal. The present lighthouse was built in 1895 and abandoned by the Coast Guard in 1960. It is now a private residence.  (Photo courtesy of pasty.com)

Music (1)

  • Pine Mountain Music Festival
    Opera, chamber, popular music!  2011 saw the premiere of the newly-commissioned opera "Rockland" at the Rozsa Center on US-41 in Houghton.  The story of this fully-produced, professional level opera is based on actual events in the U.P. in 1906. 49445 Highway US-41P. O. Box 406Hancock, MI 49930Phone: 906-482-1542, 888-309-7861

National Parks (2)

  • Keweenaw National Historical Park
    This national park, in conjunction with 19 Heritage Sites, commemorates the heritage of copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula - its mines, its machinery and its people. The Calumet Visitors Center in the historic Union Building on Red Jacket Road is open to the public year round and is free to all individuals and groups and includes two floors of fully accessible interpretive exhibits.  Self-guided walking tour maps of the Calumet Industrial Core (Calumet & Hecla Mining Company properties with wayside signs), the Historic Calumet Business District (the historic commercial buildings) and the Historic Laurium Residential District (the area's historic homes) are available. From late June through August the park offers the following Ranger Programs: CALUMET WALKING TOUR - Explore the former Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company's industrial area and downtown Calumet's historic business district. 2 hours, 1.5 miles, easy terrain. The CALUMET CHILDREN'S PROGRAM - learning about history can be fun! Children ages 8 - 12 can join a ranger for a program filled with engaging activities. All children should wear sturdy shoes and bring water to drink. One hour and .5 miles. QUINCY RUINS WALK - Join a ranger for a guided walk through the surface ruins of the Quincy Copper Mining Company, 1.5 hours, 1 mile, varied terrain.  Visitor Center:  98 Fifth Street                         Calumet, MI 49913                         906-483-3176Headquarters:  25970 Red Jacket Road                         Calumet, MI 49913                         906-483-3176
  • Isle Royale National Park
    One of America's few island national parks offers over 165 miles of hiking trails with a variety of options for trip length and difficulty.  A unique wilderness experience for visitors accessible only by boat or seaplane with advance reservations required.  No cars, no bikes, no pets!  Open mid-May thru September. Ranger III reservations: 906-482-0984Isle Royale Queen IV reservations: 906-289-4437Royale Air Service, Inc. seaplane service: 877-359-4753.Phone: 906-482-0984, Fax: 906-482-8753Email: ISRO-Ranger3Reserve@nps.gov

Non-Motorized Areas (14)

  • Earl K Dore Woodland
    The Dore Woods, a North Woods Conservancy site, contains 80 acres of oak and pine woodland and the botanically diverse Taylor Creek gorge. Take a walk in the Dore Woods and let the serenity of the north woods and memories of loved ones rejuvenate your spirit. Fires, camping and motorized vehicles are prohibited. No fees. DIRECTIONS: From Hancock drive north on US-41 to Ahmeek. Turn left onto Five Mile Point Road and travel for 2.26 miles to South Farmer's Block Road. Turn left and go 0.8 miles then continue straight on Tanskanen Road. Travel .2 miles to the 90 degree right turn. Make the turn and continue .3 miles. The road ends at the Gratiot River North Trail Head parking area. Walk in on the main two-track about a quarter mile, then bear right at the Y in the road into Dore Woods. There are no other defined trails on the property, but the woods are fairly open and ready for exploration. All of the property surrounding Dore Woods is private. Please stay on NWC property and on the trail easement.Open during daylight hours 365 days a year.
  • Gratiot River North
    Gratiot River North, a North Woods Conservancy site, contains 212 acres of north woods and 500 feet of isolated shoreline. No fees. Fishing permitted; fires, camping, hunting, trapping and motor vehicles are prohibited; horses welcome. Visit the website for information and a printable map. DIRECTIONS: From Hancock drive north on US-41 to Ahmeek. Turn left onto Five Mile Point Road, drive approximately 1 mile and turn left onto the Gratiot River Shortcut Road. Follow it 3.9 miles to the Gratiot River County Park. Walk up the beach to Gratiot River North.Open daily during daylight hours.

Northern Lights (1)

  • Aurora Borealis
    "It is a little known fact that the Keweenaw is the premier location in the lower 48 states to view the aurora year round", according to Roger Laitinen of www.keweenawimage.com/aurora.html. Impressive arrays of northern lights are often visible in our star-filled skies because of our latitude, lack of light pollution and the Lake Superior background.

Parks & Beaches (23)

  • Gratiot River County Park
    Gratiot River County Park, owned by Keweenaw County, encompasses 222 acres and 8.489 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, plus 1/2 mile of the Gratiot River.The park is open daily with no fee. Fires are permitted on contained areas and rustic camping is permitted in designated sites with quiet hours from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour after sunrise.  Please pack out what you pack in.  Hunting and fishing are permitted.  Visit the website for information and a printable map.Directions: Travel north on US-41 from Calumet and turn left on the Five Mile Point Road in Ahmeek.  Follow for 1 mile to the Ahmeek Cemetery and turn left onto the Gratiot River Shortcut Road (unpaved).  Travel approximately 4 miles to the mouth of the Gratiot River and the Gratiot River Recreation Area.  This road passes through private land, so please be respectful.  State law prohibits motorized vehicles on the beach or north/east of the river.
  • Bete Grise Bay
    The public portion of the Bete Grise beach, located 3 miles east of Lac La Belle, offers a sandy swimming area, change building and picnic tables.

Scenic Drives (6)

  • The Covered Drive
    The first road designated as a Scenic Heritage Route in Michigan was the 18-mile segment of US-41 from Delaware to Copper Harbor.  The trees, some as close as three feet from the pavement, form a complete canopy over most of the entire length of the Heritage Route.  A "must-see" on everyone's fall color tour.
  • Brockway Mountain Drive
    The 9 1/2 mile seasonal drive is the highest above-sea-level-drive between the Rockies & Alleghenies. Breathtaking views of Lake Superior and thousands of acres of the Keweenaw. Sunsets are free. M-26 between Eagle Harbor & Copper HarborKeweenaw County

Waterfalls (10)

  • Conglomerate Falls
    Conglomerate Falls, a North Woods Conservancy site, includes 40 acres of big trees with a quarter mile of the Gratiot River for great fishing and birding. No fee. Fishing permitted; fires, camping, hunting (except bow and crossbow deer hunting), trapping, and motor vehicles are prohibited.  Visit the website for information or a printable map. Directions: Travel north on US-41 from Calumet and turn left on the Five Mile Point Road in Ahmeek. Drive 2.6 miles and turn left on South Farmer's Block Road. Go straight for 1 mile (it changes to Tanskanen Road), then continue straight onto the two track woods road where the paved road makes a 90 degree right turn. The two track leads about .4 miles to a parking area near the falls. The first 1/4 mile of this road is an easement on private property so please drive slowly and do not leave the easement. Open daily during daylight hours.
  • Montreal Falls
    DIRECTIONS: From Hancock drive north on US-41 to Phoenix, then drive 10.4 miles to the Lac La Belle Road. Turn right and drive 4.7 miles to the bottom of the steep hill in Lac La Belle. Turn left and continue about 2 miles to Smith Fishery Road and turn left.  Follow this road approximately five miles to the end.  This entire single-lane road is private property but as a visitor you are tolerated, so drive carefully, and yield to oncoming raaffic.  At the end you will see a stone pillared fence, turn left.  The owners have graciously provided you access while protecting their privacy, so honor this privilage.  Two hundred yards ahead are the four or five parking spaces.  The road is marked PRIVATE, but acccess is available to the small parking area near the Smith Fisheries.   (The State of Michigan Forest boundary is part way down the trail  Someday there will be access to the falls over public land but until then, honor the land owners who maintain this private road access)  The hike to the mouth of the Montreal River is a winding one mile shoreline trail plagued with wind falls.  (See the Keweenaw Water Trail map for information on finding it by canoe or kayak.)
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