Hancock Mi

 Exploring Hancock, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula

The Beginning of the Copper Country 

Hancock, MI is located on the north side of the Keweenaw waterway on US 41, just across the aerial lift bridge from Houghton.

Hancock was industrialized during the mining era with the Quincy, Pewabic, and Franklin Mines located on top of the hillside. Quincy's first shaft was sunk in 1855 on one of the prehistoric mining pits and was soon a profitable mine You can see the 150' tall Shaft # 2 sunk in 1908 at the top of the hill. This is the deepest shaft in the Copper Country, going down 6,400 feet with 94 levels. You can see the world's largest steam driven mine hoist, shaft house, take a tram ride, and go on an underground tour during the summer months.

Quincy Mine Tours U. P.
Keweenaw Historic Park

Stamp mills, smelters and foundries soon sprung up along Portage Lake to prepare the copper for shipping, Many of the old ruins can be seen along the waterfront.

The town of Hancock is filled with large turn-of-the-century homes, many built with Jacobsville sandstone. This is a real treat for photographers, architects, and others interested in the history of the mining era.

Precambrian geological formations are great for rock-hunters. Many piles of "poor-rock" provide overlooked pieces of copper or other interesting rocks. Agates can be found along the beaches of Lake Superior.

The Hancock Recreation Area and Waterfront Park is located on Portage Lake. Turn west on M-203 and the park is just outside Hancock. You will find 45 modern and some primitive camping sites, electricity, and a swimming area.

Sandy Bottom Beach Hancock
Sandy Bottom Beach & Park on Portage Lake is located on Lower Point Mills Road in Dollar Bay, just east of Hancock. Enjoy a 300' sandy swimming beach, a picnic area with grills, pavilion, boat ramp, and a wonderful view.

McLain State Park is 10 miles north west of Hancock on highway M-203. This park borders on Lake Superior and has 90 camping sites with electricity, showers, picnic area, playground, and hiking rail

Hancock is a good location to start your snowmobile trip through the Keweenaw Peninsula on the many groomed trails that traverse the area. You can snowmobile from many of your favorite motels and restaurants or cross the aerial lift bridge on the lower level and go into Houghton. Rental Snowmobiles in town.

Downhill skiers will enjoy Mount Ripley, just to the east of the aerial lift bridge on highway M-26 . Both day and night skiing are available with a chair and bar tow, instruction, rental, food and areas for tobogganing and snowboarding. Downhill runs of 2,000 to 2,500 feet with a 423 foot vertical drop offer a challenge to even the advanced skiers.

Cross country skiers should try out the Maasto Hiinto Cross Country Ski Trails with 17 miles of groomed and marked trails.


Hancock welcomes you to the Copper Country


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Photos: Mary Deloria
Photo: Sandy Bottom Beach: Kemp's Portage Lake House

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