The Keweenaw Peninsula offers roughly 90 miles of Lake Superior shoreline plus many inland lakes that are fantastic for kayaking, fishing, swimming and just some good ole summer fun! Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach or watch an amazing Lake Superior sunset with friends and family. There are many nature sanctuaries and hiking trails that lead you along the shoreline and don’t forget the waterfalls!
Get your tackle box ready!
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 in Copper Harbor. 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. If you would like to try your luck at some big lake fishing check out some of the fishing charters in the area. They know the area and they know where to go to make sure you have a memorable experience and catch some fish of course!
Head to the Beach!
Miles and miles of pristine Lake Superior shoreline make the perfect place to spend a day at the beach. Go rock picking, have a picnic, take a dip in the water or watch a spectacular Lake Superior sunset. There is no better way to relax on a summer day in the Keweenaw.
Explore The Keweenaw From The Water
The Keweenaw offers a rugged coastline that competes with that of the legendary Isle Royale, only without the ferryboat ride. It highlights a mixture of uninhabited wilderness areas, intermittent parks and nature preserves and sheltered harbors that offer the weary paddler the option for a hot meal, a hot shower or lodging at a comfy inn. The Keweenaw Water Trail is unique because it allows the ability to paddle a loop and return to your point of origin without having to backtrack. Never kayaked before? Don’t have your own gear? There are a few sporting goods stores and guide services that can help with that so what are you waiting for? Grab your paddle and let’s go!
Keweenaw Underwater Preserve
Due to its location on the Lake’s south shore, it has often been a “catcher’s mitt” for lost ships. Because of its location and extensive mining and settlement activities, shipwrecks and artifacts are scattered along the coast. Eagle River, Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor all host a variety of shipwrecks dating to the 1800’s. Among the best shipwreck dives in the Keweenaw Underwater Preserve are:
Mesquite – The wreck of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite is the premier dive destination in the Preserve.
Tioga – The ship’s debris including her boilers and engine can be examined in 28′ to 35′ of water.
City of St. Joseph – The wreck lies broken and flattened out in shallow water ranging from 25′ to 35′.
John Jacob Astor – Claim to being the oldest known shipwreck on Lake Superior near the dock of old Fort Wilkins in up to 35′.
Langham – Off Bete Grise Bay settled in up to 105′.
Wasaga – Copper Harbor in water depths up to 35′.
The dive sites are not generally buoyed. Visiting divers should be prepared to locate them. The Keweenaw Peninsula is also home to unique geological formations that supplement shipwreck diving. One good area to visit is Esrey Park located about halfway between Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor. This roadside park is an easy shore dive and a great place to look for agates, copper and other unique Copper Country treasures.
There is so much to do in the Keweenaw Peninsula, below you will find an extensive list of the best fishing spots, beaches and anything that has to do with the amazing Lake Superior.