The Gateway to Isle Royale and the Top of the Keweenaw Peninsula
Celebrating over 150 years of history
Look for agates or just wander along the Lake Superior shoreline. Take the trail starting from the Copper Harbor Marina parking lot for hours of fun exploring the beaches of Copper Harbor 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).
Astor House Museum is locatd at the blinking light.
BIKING: A great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area is by bicycle. There are many miles of exciting trails, paved highways and rustic gravel roads to take you through the scenic wilderness. The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to four designated mountain bike trail systems and has nearly 100 miles of sweet singletrack trails within an hour's drive of each other, inlcuding an IMBA designated "Epic Ride" in Copper Harbor. Mountain bike rentals and guided tours at the Keweenaw Adventure Company. The Keweenaw hosts four very exciting mountain bike races during the year.
Brockway Mountain Drive: This scenic road takes you 735 feet above lake level, (1,337 feet above sea level) for a breathtaking view of the mountains and Lake Superior. On a clear day Isle Royale can be seen from this vantage point as well as large cargo ships bound for the Soo Locks or Duluth. Outstanding fall color drive.
Clark Mine Old Smokestack and Ruins: From US-41, take Manganese Road just east of the Community Center and follow the signs.
Copper Harbor Lighthouse Tours Unavailable. The boat tour from Copper Harbor State Marina to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse is closed due to the absence of a contractor. The Copper Harbor lighthouse is located on state park land; however, the area between Fort Wilkins Historic State Park and the lighthouse is situated on private land and passage between the two is NOT allowed. The Front and Rear Range Lights are located on US-41 across from Ft. Wilkins. This property belongs to the Fort and is open to the public so you can see both the range lights.
Copper Harbor Nordic Ski Trails (Map): include an easy rated, 9km loop groomed for classic XC sking from the village through Fort Wilkins State Park featuring scenic sections along Lake Fanny Hooe. Although the two trail systems do not connect, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge hosts 13km of professionally groomed classic XC ski trails. These easy/intermediate purpose built trails wind through the hardwood forests and provide ski-in/ski-out access at the Lodge. The 25+ mile human-powered trail network used for hiking & mountain biking in the summer is marked for showshoes during the winter months.
Eagle Harbor Light Station and Museum Complex. Maritime Museum, Commercial Fishing Museum, Mining Museum, and Lighthouse Museum. This is a major haunted lighthouse. Read a first hand account by a former resident. Star Route I, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950. (906) 337-1263
Estivant Pines, 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.
Isle Royale: Copper Harbor is the gateway 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. Ferry service is available from Copper Harbor.
Kayak Rentals and Guided Tours at the Keweenaw Adventure Company
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 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.
Lake Manganese: Clear lake with sand swimming beach and gradual drop off is open to the public. Warmer than Lake Superior but refreshing. Turn south just east of the Community Building on Lake Manganese Road. Turn right to the lake when the main road turns left.
Mountain Biking is great fun on the over 25 miles of trails and back roads. An easy way to get around Copper Harbor. Rentals and guided tours at the Keweenaw Adventure Company
Museums: Ft. Wilkins State Park brings the past alive. At the Fort, get a look at military life during the 1840's. The lighthouse has exhibits portraying the history of Keweenaw Peninsula shipwrecks.
Our Lady of the Pines Church: Hand hewn log chapel offers Sunday services.
Quaint shops, artisans and craftsmen such as the wood carver, weaver, potters, quilters, a soapmaker and a scrimshaw artist, Drop in at the rock shop to see what you may find on the Copper Harbor beaches.
Sand Point Charters, Keweenaw Peninsula, offers Charter Fishing, Lighthouse Cruises, and Scenic Tours on Lake Superior. 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.
Waterfalls: Visit Manganese Falls just .7 mile south of Copper Harbor on Lake Mangenese Road, or Jacob's Falls, Silver River Falls, and Eagle River Falls on Highway M-26 between Copper Harbor and Eagle River.
Wilderness: You are surrounded by beautiful, rugged backcountry, so explore the natural wonders that abound! Naturalist guide services for backcountry trips plus outfitting and equipment rentals available in Copper Harbor. Native Black Bears are in and around town, especially at night. Remember bears are wild animals. Watch the bears from indoors or from your car. Do not go outside when a bear is around.
Winter brings heavy snow and great winter sports to the area. Snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing are the most popular sports, 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. Copper Harbor offers a great variety of cross country ski trails (map), and the snowmobile trails are some of the best.
Kayak Photo: Keweenaw Adventure Company
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