Lakes & Beaches

Lakes & Beaches

Rise & ShineYoga on the Shore | Family Fun | Hunt for Agates | Visit State Parks | S’mores & Sunsets | Discover Yooperlites | 40+ Lakes and Beaches

No wait lines, just shorelines. Discover miles of pristine Lake Superior coastal shores and numerous secluded inland lakes. Perfect for those seeking solitude and relaxation.  With almost 125 miles of shoreline, you’re always a brief ride from cool, clear waters of Lake Superior.  Best of all, no two beaches are the same.  From rocky shorelines (perfect for agate hunting) to sandy beaches (ideal for catching a Lake Superior sunset)–we’ve got you covered.  Read on for our recommendations to get the most of your Keweenaw experience.

Rise & Shine

Head to the eastern edge of the Keweenaw Peninsula to enjoy a beautiful Lake Superior sunrise. But you’ll need to be an early riser if you hope to catch it.  In July, the sun rises as early as 6 am!  But if you make the effort, you’ll be rewarded with golden skies mixed with dazzling hues of red and purple over sparkling waters.  

Two kayakers paddle toward a sunrise over Lake Superior

Yoga on the Shore

What’s more relaxing than a yoga session on the shores of a calm inland lake or sand Lake Superior beach?  After catching the the sunrise, grab your yoga mat and make your way to secluded spot for some self reflection and quiet. The natural setting and sounds are perfect to help find your inner focus and (temporarily) escape from the daily grind waiting for you at the end of your visit.  If you prefer a group setting check out Mount Bohemia’s Summer Resort which offers yoga instruction on the shore of Lac La Belle or grab a class from Fresh Coast Yoga in Houghton. 

A yoga class on the shores of Lac La Belle at Mount Bohemia Summer Resort

A yoga class on the shores of Lac La Belle at Mount Bohemia Summer Resort

Family Fun

If you have a young family (and for those young at heart), beaches and lakes provide endless hours of free entertainment.  Whether it’s splashing in the waves, rocking picking, or picnicking on the sands, there’s a lot to do. With that said, if you do have a kiddo (or three) in tow, you’ll want to check out some or our unique beach-side parks starting with Chutes & Ladders (Ray Kestner Park) in Houghton. 

This park, nicknamed after the old board game, it a kids wonderland with slides, towers, swings, green space AND sandy shorelines.  Heck, even if you’re not under the age of 12, it’s hard to resist the temptation not to try out one of the tube slides (note: those of us a little long in the tooth, it’s a bit tough on the knee joints to to craw through some of these tubes).  Even better, you can rent a road bike, kayak or paddle board from Portage Paddle Sports which is located on-site and offers tasty treats during the summer.  

Chutes and Ladders park in Houghton, MI

Chutes and Ladders park in Houghton, MI

Hunt for Agates

Agate

Picture of an agate from the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University

Agate hunting is part science and part art.  It takes a keen eye and some luck to find these beautiful geological treasurers, but there are some helpful strategies to increase your chances. You’ll find the Keweenaw’s western beaches (south of Eagle Harbor) better suited for agate hunting because the shores are abundantly covered in wave-smoothed, small rocks and minerals. According to Superior Trails, Agate Beach, Misery Bay Beach, McLain State Park and Calumet Waterworks Park are great places to find agates. Gratiot River County Park north of Calumet is also a good location.  If you come across quartz or chert while on your search, you’ve found a good site. Anyone interested in minerals needs to visit the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum in Houghton which as more than 2,000 specimens on display and serves as the state of Michigan’s official mineral museum.  

Visit Our State Parks

The Keweenaw has three state parks (in addition to Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historic Park).  Each park offers a unique “shoreline” experience.  Twin Lakes State Park‘s sandy shores and calm inland lake waters are perfect for pontoons, paddle craft and fishing. The shallow waters warm more quickly than Lake Superior which makes for good swimming conditions. Plus, the on beach playground offers additional recreation opportunities for young children.  McLain State Park rests on the shores of Lake Superior with rockier shorelines to explore.  And Fort Wilkins State Park boarders Lake Fanny Hooe. During the summer you’ll find “actors” at the park who explain how the former fort’s soldiers lived and used the lake for recreation and survival.  

S’mores and Sunsets

Head to the western shores on the Keweenaw Peninsula to capture spectacular sunsets over Lake Superior.  In peak summer the sun doesn’t dip below the horizon until late in the evening (after 11 pm when near solstice), so  enjoy several relaxing hours along the shores.  Be sure to bring an extra layer of warm clothing or a blank (the shorelines can get a little chilly at night) and camping chairs. They’ll be plenty of dry kindling around to start the necessary campfire for s’mores. But stop by a local gas station for a pack of campfire wood just to play it safe.  

Find a Yooperlite

Now that the sun has (nearly) set, it’s prime Yooperlite hunting conditions.  Yooperlites are rocks embedded with a fluorescent mineral called sodalite which glow under UV light.  To find these unique keepsakes, you’ll need to hunt for them using a special UV flashlight along rocky Superior shorelines during dusk or at night. You can purchase these special UV flashlights on line or at Calumet Mercantile in Calumet.  Simply scan the ground with your light and watch for orange/yellowish light emanating from the stones.  Pro tip: Save your back by investing in a flashlights with a lot of lumens…the brighter and more powerful the flashlight beam, the less stooping you’ll have to do. 

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15223 US Highway 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (906) 289-4215
Region: Copper Harbor
Website

Built in 1844 on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. 19 buildings survive, 12 of them original structure
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Off of the Five Mile Point Road
Ahmeek, MI 49901 US

Phone: (906) 337-0782
Region: Calumet

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.
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M-203
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 482-7413
Region: Hancock
Website

Enjoy camping on one of the UPs finest campgrounds with 72 campsites to choose from - 52 RV sites and 20 tent sites. Restrooms, showers, phones and a laundry at the campground. The Recreation Area ...
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18350 Highway M-203
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 482-0278
Region: Hancock
Website

90 sites on Lake Superior. Open mid-May to mid-October.
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42870 Agate Beach Rd
Toivola, MI 49965 US

Phone: (906) 482-8319
Region: Twin Lakes

Located twenty-five miles southwest of Houghton on Lake Superior, this campground has rustic toilets, electricity, picnic tables, sandy beach and allows tents. Primitive campsites on Lake Superior ...
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Isle Royale, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-0984
E-Mail Address: ISRO-Ranger3Reserve@nps.gov
Website

One of Americas 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 on ...
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Central, MI 49550 US

Region: Eagle Harbor

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 bo ...
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Chassell, MI 49931 US

A popular fishing lake for the locals, Houghton Countys Otter Lake has brook trout, walleye, perch, sauger, rainbow and northern pike in its 890 acres. Public accesss site and boat launch. Severa ...
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Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Region: Copper Harbor

Located in Keweenaw County, Lake Fanny Hooe is 227 acres with a maximum depth of 40 feet. This is a good walleye lake and also has brook trout, splake, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Public ...
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Copper Harbor, MI 49550 US

Region: Copper Harbor

Keweenaw Countys Lake Manganese is 52.5 acres with a maximum depth of 25 feet. The Michigan DNR manages the lake for brook trout through annual stocking. Boat launch and sandy swimming beach. Lod ...
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Copper Harbor, MI 49550 US

Region: Copper Harbor

Keweenaw Countys Lake Medora is 695 acres with a maximum depth of 30 feet. Small, picturesque islands are scattered about the lake. Fishing is good for walleye, smallmouth bass and perch and the p ...
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Eagle Harbor, MI 49550 US

Region: Eagle Harbor

Lake Bailey, in Keweenaw County, is a 204 acre lake with an average depth of 3 to 6 feet known for big, fat perch and northern pike. Public access site and shallow boat launch. Along M-26 east o ...
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Houghton, MI 49331 US

Region: Houghton

Portage Lake cuts across the Keweenaw Peninsula and offers entry into the waters of Lake Superior on both ends. It is one of the premier fishing and boating lakes in the area. Northern pike, walle ...
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Lac La Belle, MI 49945 US

Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise

This shallow 332 acre lake in Keweenaw County has northern pike and perch in abundance. Public access for small boats only. South of US-41off the Gay-Lac La Belle Road.
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Lac La Belle, MI 49550 US

Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise

Lac La Belle, one of Keweenaw Counties larger lakes, is a 1,146 acre lake with a maximum depth of 39 feet and access to Lake Superior through the Mendota Canal. Fish include walleye, small large ...
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Hubbell, MI 49945 US

Torch Lake is connected to Houghton Countys Portage Lake, therefore has access to Lake Superior. Northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie and perch make this a popular lake to fish. Public ...
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Mohawk, MI 49950 US

Located in Keweenaw County this 116 acre lake has a maximum depth of 10 feet and is a good lake for smallmouth bass and perch. The Tobacco River, a popular fishing stream, is nearby. Public acces ...
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Toivola, MI 49665 US

Region: Twin Lakes

This small inland land, off M-26 south of Painesdale, has a sandy swimming beach, fishing, and picnic area. Public access site. Lake Perreault Road Houghton County .
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Twin Lakes, MI 49918 US

Region: Twin Lakes

Located in southern Houghton County southeast of M-26, 28.4 acre Clear Lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet. This is a good lake for rainbow and brook trout. Public access site and boat launch. C ...
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Twin Lakes, MI 49965 US

Region: Twin Lakes

The 53.5 acre lake in southern Houghton County has a maximum depth of 90 feet and has rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and bluegill. It is located along Emily Lake Road south of Twin Lakes. Campgro ...
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Toivola, MI 49665 US

Region: Twin Lakes

The Twin Lakes State Park is located on Lake Rolands 292 acres in Houghton County. This lake offers up rainbow trout, walleye, perch and bass. Forested campground with developed swimming and boat ...
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MI 49665 US

A good fishing lake in southern Houghton County for crappies, bluegill and largemouth bass. Public access site and boat launch. Pike Lake Road off M-26 South of Twin Lakes.
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MI 49665 US

Access to Lake Gerald is from the access site on Lake Roland at the Twin Lakes State Park in Houghton County. Walleye, perch, bass and rainbow trout are the main catches. This lake is 255 acres wi ...
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Chassell, MI 49916 US

Region: Chassell

Pike Bay, an arm of Portage Lake located in the Chassell area, offers great fishing for northern pike, crappie and bluegill. The Chassell Centennial Park on the Bay has picnic facilties, a playgro ...
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Bete Grise, MI 49550 US

Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise

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.
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North End of Waterworks Street
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Region: Calumet

The park has a nature trail with pets welcome, is handicap accessible, and offers horseshoe pits, grills and picnic tables. Located at the north end of Waterworks Street off M-203 (Pine Street)in ...
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103 Third Street
Chassell, MI 49916 US

Region: Chassell
Website

This day-use park, east of US-41 in Chassell, sits on Pike Bay and offers a playground, basketball, volleyball, horse shoes, boat launch, fishing pier, beach, handicap restrooms, showers, wireless ...
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Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

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Hunters Point Park is 9.4 acres in size with 4,800 feet of shoreline. Bird watching, photography, studying the many colorful and unique rock formations, and simply enjoying the quiet while viewing ...
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Lakeshore Drive
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Region: Calumet

This rocky coastline is a great place to look for Agates or take a short hike on Gardners Creek Trail. Basketball courts, playground, picnic areas, and a pavilion are all available.
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S. Big Traverse Rd.
Lake Linden, MI 49945 US

Region: Lake Linden

A quiet, sandy beach with a rustic playground and picnic area.
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Ahmeek, MI 49950 US

Region: Calumet
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Seven Mile Point Beach is a magical place on the north shore of the Keweenaw comprised of 32 acres and nearly 2,000 of gorgeous Lake Superior shoreline, includingsandandcobblebeach, and the1.1 bil ...
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Houghton, MI 49930 US

Water Front Recreation The City of Houghton offers a lakefront recreation area second to none in the state. Not just a park, but a complete one-stop facility. We provide picnic areas with individ ...
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Houghton, MI 49930 US

West of the Super 8 motel and provides access for kayaks and small sailboats to the water. There are also bathroom facilities complete with showers in the pavilion.
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White City Road
Lake Linden, MI 49945 US

Region: Lake Linden

White City is a less visited park that is located by the historic old town of Jacobsville. In the early 1900s White City was a premiere summer resort with hotel-restaurant-saloon, amusement park w ...
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Gay Lac La Belle Road
Gay, MI 49950 US

Region: Gay

A roadside park located on the Gay Lac La Belle road between Gay and Lac La Belle that has beach access.
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11899 M-26
Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Region: Copper Harbor

Roadside park between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor with picnic area, restrooms and beach access.
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M-26
Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Region: Copper Harbor

Roadside park 2.5 miles west of Copper Harbor with beach access.
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Gay Lac La Belle Road
Gay, MI 49950 US

Region: Gay

Roadside park outside of Gay with picnic area and public beach.
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Canal Road
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Region: Houghton
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North Canal Township Park is a park across the Keweenaw Waterway from McLain State Park near Houghton. It covers 177 acres. The park features a breakwater which pr ...
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Front Street
Eagle River, MI 49950 US

Region: Eagle River

Public beach access site with restrooms and picnic tables.
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Michigan HWY 26
Eagle River, MI US

Region: Eagle River

Great Sand Bay
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Agate Beach Park

42870 Agate Beach Rd
Toivola, MI 49965
United States
Phone: (906) 482-8319
Region: Twin Lakes
Located twenty-five miles southwest of Houghton on Lake Superior, this campground has rustic toilets, electricity, picnic tables, sandy beach and allows tents. Primitive campsites on Lake Superior ... More

Bete Grise Bay

Bete Grise, MI 49550
United States
Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise
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. More

Brunette Park

Gay Lac La Belle Road
Gay, MI 49950
United States
Region: Gay
A roadside park located on the Gay Lac La Belle road between Gay and Lac La Belle that has beach access. More

Calumet Lions Park

North End of Waterworks Street
Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Region: Calumet
The park has a nature trail with pets welcome, is handicap accessible, and offers horseshoe pits, grills and picnic tables. Located at the north end of Waterworks Street off M-203 (Pine Street)in ... More

Calumet Waterworks Park

Lakeshore Drive
Calumet, MI 49913
United States
Region: Calumet
This rocky coastline is a great place to look for Agates or take a short hike on Gardners Creek Trail. Basketball courts, playground, picnic areas, and a pavilion are all available. More

Centennial Park

103 Third Street
Chassell, MI 49916
United States
Region: Chassell
This day-use park, east of US-41 in Chassell, sits on Pike Bay and offers a playground, basketball, volleyball, horse shoes, boat launch, fishing pier, beach, handicap restrooms, showers, wireless ... More

Clear Lake

Twin Lakes, MI 49918
United States
Region: Twin Lakes
Located in southern Houghton County southeast of M-26, 28.4 acre Clear Lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet. This is a good lake for rainbow and brook trout. Public access site and boat launch. C ... More

Deer Lake

Lac La Belle, MI 49945
United States
Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise
This shallow 332 acre lake in Keweenaw County has northern pike and perch in abundance. Public access for small boats only. South of US-41off the Gay-Lac La Belle Road. More

Eagle River Beach

Front Street
Eagle River, MI 49950
United States
Region: Eagle River
Public beach access site with restrooms and picnic tables. More

Emily Lake

Twin Lakes, MI 49965
United States
Region: Twin Lakes
The 53.5 acre lake in southern Houghton County has a maximum depth of 90 feet and has rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and bluegill. It is located along Emily Lake Road south of Twin Lakes. Campgro ... More

Esrey Park

11899 M-26
Copper Harbor, MI 49918
United States
Region: Copper Harbor
Roadside park between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor with picnic area, restrooms and beach access. More

Fort Wilkins State Historic Park

15223 US Highway 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918
United States
Phone: (906) 289-4215
Region: Copper Harbor
Built in 1844 on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. 19 buildings survive, 12 of them original structure More

Gratiot Lake

Central, MI 49550
United States
Region: Eagle Harbor
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 bo ... More

Gratiot River County Park

Off of the Five Mile Point Road
Ahmeek, MI 49901
United States
Phone: (906) 337-0782
Region: Calumet
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. More

Great Sand Bay

Michigan HWY 26
Eagle River, MI
United States
Region: Eagle River
Great Sand Bay More

Hancock Recreational Boating & Camping Facility

M-203
Hancock, MI 49930
United States
Phone: (906) 482-7413
Region: Hancock
Enjoy camping on one of the UPs finest campgrounds with 72 campsites to choose from - 52 RV sites and 20 tent sites. Restrooms, showers, phones and a laundry at the campground. The Recreation Area ... More

Heberd Park

M-26
Copper Harbor, MI 49918
United States
Region: Copper Harbor
Roadside park 2.5 miles west of Copper Harbor with beach access. More

Houghton City Park

Houghton, MI 49930
United States
Water Front Recreation The City of Houghton offers a lakefront recreation area second to none in the state. Not just a park, but a complete one-stop facility. We provide picnic areas with individ ... More

Houghton Waterfront Park

Houghton, MI 49930
United States
West of the Super 8 motel and provides access for kayaks and small sailboats to the water. There are also bathroom facilities complete with showers in the pavilion. More

Hunter's Point Park

Copper Harbor, MI 49918
United States
Hunters Point Park is 9.4 acres in size with 4,800 feet of shoreline. Bird watching, photography, studying the many colorful and unique rock formations, and simply enjoying the quiet while viewing ... More

Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale, MI 49931
United States
Phone: (906) 482-0984
One of Americas 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 on ... More



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