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.
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.
There are many types of trails in the area. Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoe & cross-country. Others are for ATV’s & snowmobiles.
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.
BROCKWAY MOUNTAIN DRIVE
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.
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.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………………………..