Look for agates or just wander along the Lake Superior shoreline. Enjoy hours of fun exploring the beaches and the rugged shore of Lake Superior, some of the oldest exposed rock formations on earth.
Try out the homemade fudge, handmade pastries and wild berry jams (The Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the few places in the nation that the thimbleberry is found). Visit the Wood'n Spoon in Mohawk for homemade jam, jelly, and syrup. Mail order available.
Biking: A great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area is by bicycle. There are many miles of paved highways and rustic gravel roads to take you through the scenic wilderness. Mountain bike rentals and guided tours at the Keweenaw Adventure Company. The Keweenaw hosts several very exciting bike races during the year.
Bill Nicholls Rail Trail from Houghton to Mass City for biking, hiking, ORVing, and snowmobiling.
Bishop Fredrick Baraga Shrine, The Snowshoe Priest and Apostle of the Great Lakes. First Bishop of Upper Michigan. The "Shrine of the Showshoe Priest" is located high on the cliffs between L'Anse and Baraga.
Books: A Guide to Michigan's Historic Keweenaw Copper Distric: Enjoy Keweenaw History From The Comfort Of Your Car, by Lawrence J. Molloy. Guide book for tours of mainly mining locations, sites and ruins plus other historical sites. Includes maps, pictures, historical information and precise directions. Published and printed by Great Lakes GeoScience, Hubbell, Michigan.
Brockway Mountain Drive from Copper Harbor to Eagle Harbor. One of the most scenic drives in the midwest, 735' above lake level. Awesome view over the vast expanse of Lake Superior.
Caledonia Native Copper Mine Rock and Mineral Collecting near Ontonagon, Michigan for the rock collector or geologist. Collect samples of copper, silver, datolite, calcite, epodote, quartz, as well as a range of micro-minerals. Our knowledgeable staff will help with techniques and identification of finds in your private ore pile. Advanced reservation only Evergreen Explorations. Phone: 517-518-4742
Calumet Theater: This historic theater is located at the corner of 6th and Elm in Calumet. Open year round with special events several times a month. A National and State Historic Site. Guided and unguided tours available during the summer and fall months. Phone: 906-337-2610.
Calumet Township Park is located on Lake Superior, 4 miles west of Calumet. This day-use park offers a sandy beach, swimming, picnic facilities, playground, hiking trail and a pavillion for groups.
Central Mine Historic Site. Visit the remains of a Cornish mining town that was once the home to over 1,200 residents in 1880. Located on an old pit dug by prehistoric miners. The Visitor Center is located in one of the old homes and is open from June through color season. Large rock pile and the stone ruins of engine House #2. The Methodist Church has been restored and is the site of the yearly Central Reunion the last Sunday in July. Located on Highway US-41 north of Phoenix.
Charter Fishing, Lighthouse Cruises, and Scenic Tours on Lake Superior at Sand Point Charters, Keweenaw Peninsula. Boats leave from Lac La Belle, 40 miles north of Houghton/Hancock for a wonderful day or ½ day on the water. Fish for Lake Trout, Salmon, and a variety of fish, view the offshore lighthouses, or take a relaxing cruise along the beautiful shoreline of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Captain Brain Helminen has over 35 years of boating and fishing experience and the boats are DNR inspected and approved and equipped with essential fishing equipment and USCG approved safety gear. Phone 906-370-2257.
Copper Dog 150 Sled Dog Race, Race runs from downtown Calumet to Eagle Harbor, Copper Harbor, and back to Calumet for the finish. For additional information call 906-337-6246
Coppertown USA Museum in Calumet. 25815 Red Jacket Road, between US-41 and downtown Calumet. 906-337-4354. Open June through September.
Cross-Country Ski Trails in Houghton and Keweenaw County.
Estivant Pines in Copper Harbor. A walking trail takes you through a quiet wilderness to a stand of virgin white pines, 500-1000 years old. These magnificent trees were saved from logging and are preserved for future generations. Trail maps and markers are visible for individual walks. No motorized vehicles allowed. From US-41 take Manganese Road just east of the Community Building and follow the signs.
Finlandia University, 601 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930. Phone: 877-202-5491
Fort Wilkins Historical Complex and State Park Campground US-41 in Copper Harbor. (906) 289-4215. Fort Wilkins, built in 1844, portrays military life in the mid-1800's. 19 buildings survive. Exhibits, audio-visual programs, and living history programs interpret military life and the hardships of frontier isolation. Take US-41 east of Copper Harbor. Open mid-May to mid-October. Campground on Lake Fanny Hooe.
Hanka Homestead, Restored 1880's Finish Homestead open for tours. On the National Register of Historic Places. Take Pelke Road north of M-38 and follow the signs. 906-524-7444. Located south of Houghton and just west of US-41.
Isle Royale: Take the boat from Houghton or Copper Harbor to this unique island National Park, an archipelago of wilderness in beautiful Lake Superior. No motorized travel ensures peace for the residents, like moose and wolves, and for the visitor, who can escape to this special place and explore by foot or boat. Camp or stay in the lodge, hike, travel around the island by boat or scuba dive the many wrecks around Isle Royale.
Keweenaw Adventure Company in Copper Harbor has just what you need for a fun time in this outstanding area of the Keweenaw Peninsula. We offer Sea Kayak, Canoe, and Mountain Bike Rentals, Outfitting, Guided Biking, Hiking, and Kayak Tours, and Shuttle Service. Copper Harbor has a world class mountain bike trail system as well as the exciting waters of Lake Superior for sea kayaking, including trips to Isle Royale. Keweenaw Adventure Company, 155 Gratiot Street (U.S. 41), Copper Harbor, MI. 49918. Phone: 906-289-4303
Keweenaw Heritage Center is located at the corner of Scott & Fifth Streets in the historic St. Anne's Catholic Church in Calumet, MI
Keweenaw National Historic Park includes landmarks in Calumet, the Quincy Mine Hoist, and many other points of interest in this historic district.
Keweenaw Underwater Preserve. Scuba Dive the sunken Mesquite off Keweenaw Point, or the anchor and scattered remains of the John Jacob Astor close to the location where it shipwrecked in Copper Harbor. Charter Boat with experienced diving captain available. 18 shipwrecks in the preserve.
Keweenaw Water Trail for paddlers of all skill levels. Access sites, camping, and other services available along the trail. Canoe or Kayak the Keweenaw Water Trail as you follow the Keweenaw Waterway from Keweenaw Bay near Baraga to the North Entry near McLain State Park. The Keweenaw Waterway is the waterway between Houghton and Hancock, separating the Keweenaw Peninsula from the rest of the Upper Peninsula.
Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entry Light, also called the Portage Lake East Entry Light is located on a concrete pier by the town of Jacobsville, on the north side of Portage Lake. This light can be viewed from Jacobsville or the Portage Entry Roads south of Chassell.
Library: J. R. Van Pelt Library at Michigan Tech. Extensive collection of Copper Country Archives and Historical Collections. A wonderful spot for those researching theirr family history.
Lighthouses in the Keweenaw that are open for tours
Lighthouses that can be seen from your car.
Michigan Tech University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49932. Phone: 888-688-1885
Photography: The Keweenaw Peninsula offers photographers an opportunity for amazing photographs from calm or angry Lake Superior, to wildlife, scenic spots, waterfalls, historic sites, and brilliant fall color.
Quincy Mine Guided Underground and Surface Tours of the Historic Quincy Copper Mine, part of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. Tours of the Quincy Mine Site include a Surface Only Tour, Surface Tour with Tram Ride, and the Full tour that includes a trip into the 7th level of the mine. Our knowledgeable guides will take you back to the time when Copper was King. The Gift Shop is filled with books, rocks & minerals, shirts, and a wide variety of interesting items. The grounds are open to the public free of charge so stop by and visit this historic mine site. Quincy Mine Hoist Association, 49750 US Highway 41, Hancock MI 49930. Phone: 906-482-3101
Rentals of Outdoor Equipment
Sand Point Lighthouse Baraga, MI. Located on Keweenaw Bay in Lake Superior, the keepers dwelling has been recently restored to its original beauty by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The dwelling is not open but visitors are welcome to tour the grounds.
Upper Peninsula Firefighter's Memorial Museum, 327 Sixth Street in the historic Red Jacket Fire Station, Calumet, MI. Open June through September daily from noon to 3 pm. Museum features memorabilia and exhibits spanning almost a century of firefighting history. A Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.
Cross Country Ski Trails are some of the best in the Upper Peninsula
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