Copper Harbor & a Drive with a View

Sheltered harbor

Sheltered harbor

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

COPPER HARBOR

Copper Harbor is a quaint village of 150 plus years. The first copper claims recorded in Michigan were located here in 1843. A rush followed which peaked a mere 5 years later. The town has a year round population of 80 & sits on the shore of a sheltered Lake Superior harbor. It is Michigan’s northernmost town. The compactness of the area makes it easily accessible by foot or bike & there are bikes everywhere.

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Today was the Copperman Triathlon. Participants swim tranquil Lake Fanny Hooe, bike the rocky shores of Lake Superior & run through wilderness. The swim is .5 mile, bike is 23 miles & the run is 5 miles. We observed the swim part from our campground beach.

Lake Fanny Hooe

Lake Fanny Hooe

There are many types of trails in the area. Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoe & cross-country. Others are for ATV’s & snowmobiles.

Fresh fish sold here. This is where you board the ferry to Isle Royale.

Fresh fish sold here.
This is where you board the ferry to Isle Royale.

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

One room schoolhouse is still in use today.

One room schoolhouse is still in use today.

Our Lady of the Pines Catholic church

Our Lady of the Pines Catholic church

The Harbor Haus

The Harbor Haus

Copper Harbor is a year round destination. Spectacular colors in the Fall & a ski resort in the Winter. Gateway to Isle Royale National Park. There are campsites available at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park & at Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground. Many rental cabins, motels, lodges & Bed & Breakfasts in which to stay as well. There’s not a whole lot to the town though. Several souvenir shops, a hand full of restaurants, a post office, general store & one gas station that doesn’t carry diesel. For diesel gas, a bank or a grocery store you must drive 37 miles south to Calumet. Even there options are limited.

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BROCKWAY MOUNTAIN DRIVE

Looking down on Copper Harbor from Brockway Mtn.

Looking down on Copper Harbor from Brockway Mtn.

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One of the most scenic byways in Michigan is the Brockway Mountain Drive. A trip of 9.5 miles with regular scenic overlooks. The top vista is 726 feet above Lake Superior with views stretching from Keweenaw Point to Eagle Harbor.

Looking down on our Suite Pea

Looking down on our Suite Pea

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We packed a lunch to eat at the top where we watched freight liners headed to Duluth or Two Harbors, Minnesota far out on the water.

You can't tell where the water ends & the sky begins

You can’t tell where the water ends & the sky begins

Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………………………..

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3 thoughts on “Copper Harbor & a Drive with a View

  1. Beautiful lighthouse…my kind of place!

    We have such a beautiful country…it’s so hard to decide where to go. Michigan would have never been at the top of the list until I started following your blog. Thanks so much for sharing and opening our eyes to places we might not have otherwise chosen to visit. Don’t you just love blog land?

    • Gay, Michigan is my birth state. I was raised here, I love Michigan & it will always be home to me. It truly is a water wonderland with so much history. We am barely scratching the surface here. There is so much beauty here to see & experience. I hope you take the opportunity to see it for yourself.You won’t be disappointed!

  2. Beautiful pics. So glad you are having a good time exploring Michigan. We are going to stay in Minnesota for a while and I am hoping we will be seeing similar venues along Lake Superior.

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