Northern Houghton & Keweenaw Counties have many inland lakes well-known for their good fishing, from Emily Lake in the Twin Lakes area to Lake Fanny Hooe near Copper Harbor. (For a complete list of area lakes, see the Attractions Page) Walleye, perch, crappies, bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, rainbow, brook and brown trout, northern pike, tiger muskie.........come on up and try your luck.
Most of our inland lakes have boat launch sites and many have lodging facilities located on the lake, some with boat rentals available.
The many inland lakes of the Keweenaw offer many opportunities for paddling canoes & kayaks in a number of scenic and sheltered locations.
Lake Fanny Hooe and Lake Manganese are both located within a mile of the Copper Harbor village limits and often times have placid conditions for a leisurely paddle. A day use permit to launch personal water craft is required for a small fee at the Ft. Wilkins Boat Launch and there is no fee for Lake Manganese paddlers.
Lake Medora, just four miles south of Copper Harbor, is a Canadian-like lake that has a number of islands, scenic mountain views and is known to have some good fishing. Several of the islands are open to the public, however users need to respect the majority of the shoreline, as it is privately owned. The boat launch is located right along US 41. Lac La Belle neighbors Mount Bohemia and is just 15 minutes from Copper Harbor.
Lac La Belle is one of the largest inland lakes in the Keweenaw and is inhabited with a number of seasonal camps and cottages. A public boat launch is located on the northeast side of the lake and has long been a favorite of fisherman. Lac La Belle is unique in that connects to Lake Superior and offers boaters access to the BIG LAKE while at the same time providing a harbor of refuge.
Schlatter’s Lake sits about eight miles east of Copper Harbor, on the State Forest land near the tip of the peninsula. Paddlers will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access its remote locale or be willing to portage for several miles. This uninhabited lake is great for its solitude and its fishing and is known for its island. Primitive camping is allowed on the lake’s shore, although a user permit, available for no fee, must be obtained from Ft. Wilkins State Park.
Lake Bailey, a.k.a. the “doughnut” lake, is located on M-26 about 10 miles west of Copper Harbor. A public boat launch is on the lake’s eastern end. This lakes shallow and marshy nature is very scenic and a waterfowl haven. The large island on the lake’s center is accessible for day use by the public.