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  • 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:
  • 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
  • Sand Point Charters
    2-1/2 Hour Sightseeing Cruise: 3 Lighthouses - The working Manitou Light will appear on the east end of the Island as we follow the above tour, and in addition, we’ll cruise the perimeter of the Island. Sightseeing, cruising, relaxing or enjoying a leisurely boat ride gives you a chance to see lighthouses and scenic Lake Superior shoreline, loons, sandhill cranes, eagles, hawks and blue herons. The “Fishin’ Mission” is a comfortable 30' Yacht with a large cockpit and plenty of room for up to 6. She is DNR inspected and approved, and equipped with the essential fishing equipment and safety gear, and comforts including a private head (bathroom). She’ll get you out and back quickly and safely with the power of twin engines. Your Captain is a family man and experienced fisherman. He is happy to share his love of the lake through history, fish tales, and fishing tips with his “crew.”  Brian grew up fishing and boating on Lac La Belle and Lake Superior, and has lived in the Keweenaw most of his life. Find me on Twitter at Fishing Charters to Stannard Rock Light: Native Lake Trout is the catch of the day when fishing at Stannard Rock Light, 35 miles off shore. We’ll troll for the big ones, and you’ll hear “fish on,” so be ready. It’s a blast!  This trip is for the adventurous and is a 3-hour round trip boat ride, plus up to 7 hours to fish.Half day Fishing: Bete Gris  “Captain’s pick”.  Five hours on the water most often brings in a mess of fish. Bete Gris is a cold, crystal clear bay in Lake Superior just out of the channel from Lac La Belle.  This is the Captain’s favorite get-away. Fishing/Sightseeing Combination: Near the Lac La Belle Channel is the privately owned Mendota Lighthouse. Down the scenic rocky shore of Lake Superior you can see Smith Fishery, the Montreal River where it empties into the Big Lake, and Bare Bluff, a sheer Keweenaw cliff.  At the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, we’ll pass the lonely Gull Rock Lighthouse, on a rock in the middle of the passage.  This trip will include up to 3 hours of excellent fishing time. Early spring to late fall. 22950 Airpark Blvd.Calumet, MI 49913(906) 370-2257, (906)
  • Keweenaw Cruises
    Enjoy an afternoon cruise along the scenic Keweenaw Waterway aboard the Isle Royale Ranger III.  The cruises, which start at the Isle Royale National Park headquarters at 800 E. Lakeshore Drive in Houghton, run from 1 to 3:30 pm for 4 Thursdays in July and August: July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 23.  Reservations are required. (906) 492-0984

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