Attractions and Recreation in the Keweenaw Peninsula

 

Explore the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula and the awesome views of Lake Superior.

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.

Baraga and L'Anse, MI Attractions & Recreation

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.

See some of the old buildings in the Village of Assinins, the last mission of Father Baraga. The Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church was built near the site of his first mission church that was built in 1843. Set on the hillside overlooking Keweenaw Bay, this church has a Native American focus and is still an active parish church.

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.

Bridgefest and Seafood Fest the middle of June. Celebrate the "birthday" of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and enjoy all the fun events. Parade Friday at 6 pm. Fishing Derby, Keweenaw Chain Drive Mountain bike Race, Badwater Ski-ters Water Ski Show, and fireworks on Saturday, plus more on Sunday. Enjoy a wide variety of fresh seafood at Seafood Fest Friday and Saturday nights at 5 pm sponsored by the Houghton Rotary with proceeds going to local charities.

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

CAMPING

Sunset Bay RV Resort, Campground, and Cabins on the shores of Lake Superior, 7 miles north of Ahmeek on Five Mile Point Road or 7 miles south of Eagle River, MI in the Keweenaw Peninsula. 40 sites with electric & water hook-ups, bath houses, laundry, ice, and a dump station. Three rental log cabins with one or two bedrooms, fireplaces and full kitchens. 2701 Sunset Bay Beach Road. Ahmeek, MI 49901. Open June 1st to September 30th. Phone: 906-337-2494 (summer) 941-232-4832 (winter).

There are four Michigan State Parks in the Keweenaw Peninsula offering modern camground facilities. Baraga State Park across from Keweenaw Bay; Fort Wilkins State Historic State Park on Lake Fanny Hooe in Copper Harbor; F.J. McLain State Park 10 miles NW of Hancock on Lake Superior; and Twin Lakes State Park on Lake Roland, 23 miles SW of Houghton on M-26 with swimming beach and boat launch.

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, March 1, 2, & 3, 2013. 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.

Ghost Towns of the Keweenaw Peninsula

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.

  • Copper Harbor Rear Range Light can be viewed from US-41, east of Copper Harbor.
  • Eagle River Light, now a private residence, is located just west of the foot bridge on the main street in Eagle River.
  • Keweenaw WaterwayLower Entrance Light can be viewed from Jacobsville and the Entry Roads south of Chassell.
  • Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light can be viewed from F. J. McLain State Park
  • Mendota Light Station or the Bete Grise Light can be viewed from Lac La Belle. Go to the end of the road at Lake Superior, turn right and the lighthouse can be seen across the Mendota Ship Canal.

Michigan Tech University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49932. Phone: 888-688-1885

Mount Bohemia All Inclusive Adventure Resort: Lodging in a Trailside Cabin at the base of the mountain, 3 meals, and all equipment supplied for one low price. Guided Kayak and Hiking Excursions, Sea Kayaks, Fishing Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and Mountain Bikes included. Activity Building. Wonderful trails on the mountain offer a spectacular view of the Keweenaw Peninsula and Lake Superior. Near the sandy Lake Superior beach. A wonderful way to enjoy this beautiful peninsula during the warm weather months. Lac La Belle Road, Lac La Belle, Michigan. Call for reservations at 231-420-5405

MUSEUMS:

  • The A.J. Seaman Mineral Museum is Michigan's official State Mineral Museum established in 1902. Located at Michigan Tech University in Houghton and open to the public for a small fee. Phone: 906-487-2572

    Houghton County Historical Museum Complex, 53150 Highway M-26, Lake Linden, MI 49945. Phone: 906-296-4121. Open May 30 to September 30.

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

  • Copper Country Snowmobile, ATV, & WaveRunner Rentals in Calumet MI is just 10 miles north of Houghton and Hancock. Snowmobile rentals include Castle brand jackets & bibs and HJC helmets with frost-free hot shields. Sled rental is for a 23-hour day so sleds can be kept overnight. Delivery available to Houghton/Hancock and surrounding area. We are located directly off trail #17in Calumet so you can ride from the shop door. Copper Country Rental. Mine Street Station, Calumet, MI 49913. Call 906-337-9905 for reservations.  
  • Dan's Snowmobile Rental, 40 Second Street, South Range, MI 49963. Phone (906) 482-6227 or (800) 858-869. Located on Highway M-26 just outside of Houghton with direct access to all of the local trails. Sales and Service. Renting one-person and two-person sleds. Call for reservations. Serving Houghton, Hancock, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and surrounding areas.
  • Houghton PowerSports is your headquarters for new and pre-owned boats, outboard motors, off-road Vehicles, snowmobiles, and trailers. We carry several lines and offer certified service, parts, and accessories. We have a large rental fleet for year round fun. Houghton Power Sports rents Snowmobiles, ATV's. UTV's Jet Skis, Fishing Boats, Pontoon Boats, and Trailers. Call to reserve your boat, off-road vehicle, or snowmobile. Phone: 906-483-4831 or Toll Free: 888-531.0779. Houghton Power sports is located just west of Highway 26 at 1550 Brickyard Lane, Houghton MI 49931
  • 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 
  • M & M PowerSports in Hancock offers Sales, Service, Gear, and Rentals. Authorized dealer for Yahama, Arctic Cat, Suzuki ATV's & Motorcycles, Polar Craft Boats, Sweetwater Pontoons, Kymcousa Scooters, Porta Dock, and Porta Lifts. Winter snowmobile Rentals of 2011 Arctic Cat single person sleds. Summer rentals of Pontoon Boats. Located just west of the Lift Bridge at 90 Navy Street, Hancock, MI 49930. Phone: 906-482-9990 to reserve your sled.

Rock Collecting in the Keweenaw Peninsula. There are many areas of Lake Superior shoreline that are a

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.

WATERFALLS in KEWEENAW COUNTY

  • Copper Falls on Owl Creek, 3 miles SW of Eagle Harbor
  • Eagle River Falls on the Eagle River, Highway M-26 in Eagle River.
  • Haven Falls on Haven Creek, 1/2 miles west of Lac La Belle. A delightful spot for a picnic.
  • Manganese Falls just .7 mile south of Copper Harbor on Lake Mangenese Road
  • Jacob's Falls on M-26, between Eagle River and Eagle Harbor
  • Silver River Falls on the Silver River, Highway M-26 between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor

WINTER FUN
Winter brings heavy snow and great winter sports to the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing are the most popular sports, as the area averages about 20 feet of snow a year. There are 250 miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails and 50 km. of cross country ski trails.

Cross Country Ski Trails are some of the best in the Upper Peninsula

Mount Bohemia Lodging: Cabins and Yurts. Open Year Round. Stay at the base of the mountain in one of our trailside cabins or cozy yurts furnished with bunk beds, a bathroom with a shower, and a mini fridge. Sleeps from 4 to 10 people. Activity Building offers couches, fireplace, cable TV, wireless internet, and a small cooking area. Wonderful ski trails offer a spectacular view of the Keweenaw Peninsula and Lake Superior. Lac La Belle Road, Lac La Belle, Michigan. Call for reservations at 231-420-5405 or reserve online on our website. 900' Vertical drop. 85 Runs. No Beginners! Expert downhill skiers and snowboarders only.

Snowmobiling in the Keweenaw Peninsula

Snowmobile & ATV Sales, Service, and Rentals
Copper Country Rentals, in Calumet MI, 10 miles north of Houghton and Hancock, rents snowmobiles, ATV's, and WaveRunners for summer fun. Snowmobile rentals include Castle brand jackets & bibs and HJC helmets with frost-free hot shields. Sled rental is for a 23-hour day so sleds can be kept overnight. Delivery available to Houghton/Hancock and surrounding area. We are located directly off trail #17in Calumet so you can ride from the shop door. Copper Country Rental. Mine Street Station, Calumet, MI 49913. Call 906-337-9905 for reservations.
 
Dan's Recreation Snowmobile Rental, 18006 Erickson Drive, Atlantic Mine, MI 49905. Phone (906) 482-6227 or (800) 858-869. Located on Highway M-26 just outside of Houghton with direct access to all of the local trails. Renting one-person and two-person sleds. Call for reservations. Serving Houghton, Hancock, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and surrounding areas.
 
Houghton PowerSports is your headquarters for new and pre-owned boats, outboard motors, off-road Vehicles, snowmobiles, and trailers. We carry several lines and offer certified service, parts, and accessories. We have a large rental fleet for year round fun. Houghton Power Sports rents Snowmobiles, ATV's. UTV's Jet Skis, Fishing Boats, Pontoon Boats, and Trailers. Call to reserve your boat, off-road vehicle, or snowmobile. Phone: 906-483-4831 or Toll Free: 888-531.0779. Houghton Power sports is located just west of Highway 26 at 1550 Brickyard Lane, Houghton MI 49931
M & M PowerSports in Hancock offers Sales, Service, Gear, and Rentals. Authorized dealer for Yahama, Arctic Cat, Suzuki ATV's & Motorcycles, Polar Craft Boats, Sweetwater Pontoons, Kymcousa Scooters, Porta Dock, and Porta Lifts. Winter snowmobile Rentals of 2011 Arctic Cat single person sleds. Summer rentals of Pontoon Boats. Located just west of the Lift Bridge at 90 Navy Street, Hancock, MI 49930. Phone: 906-482-9990 to reserve your sled.
 
WINTER CARNIVAL Michigan Tech: February 6-February 9, 2013. Snow Statues and lots of fun.
 

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