The Ramada Waterfront is a full service hotel, located on the waterfront near the Lift Bridge. The hotel is two-story, and has 51 rooms. The Waterfront Ramada also has an indoor pool, sauna, and hot tub. The rooms contain a coffee maker, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, cable TV, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Besides the standard rooms, you can select rooms with lake views, microwaves, or hot tubs. Although they advertise quite rooms, it is located right next to the Portage Lift Bridge (see photo 2), which is noisy, even at night. Since I have only visited this hotel, and have never stayed over night, I cannot guarantee that you will not hear bridge noise. Pets are not permitted.
Every room at the Waterfront Ramada has free wireless Internet access. A free continental breakfast is served each morning, and coffee is available 24 hours a day. There is a restaurant that offers lunch and dinner, and a lounge with a view of the waterway. The Ramada also has conference rooms available for meetings and workshops. In the summer you can enjoy outside seating and boat docks. The hotel is located on a snowmobile trail, if you visit in the winter.
City of Houghton RV Park is a small campground located at West Lake Shore Drive along the Keweenaw Waterway about one half mile from downtown Houghton. This campground is for hard sided campers only. You will find 24 paved, closely spaced sites, full hookups, plus cable TV, picnic tables, and fire rings. The campground is open from May 15 through October 1.
This campground is located near the small Houghton swimming beach, chutes and ladders playground, and a boat launch.
In McLain State Park you have the choice of staying in the campground, or in one of the small cabins.
The Campground has 103 campsites with electrical service. Hot shower are available in the restroom building. It is recommended that you make reservations during July and August.
You will also find Mini-Cabins at McLain State Park. These cabins will sleep four people and have bunks and mattresses. You must bring your own bedding. The cabins have electric lights, heaters, a hot plate, a table and chairs, plus a picnic table outside and a fire circle. You should call ahead and make reservations if you wish to stay in one of these cabins, as there are only six available. If you travel with a family pet, no pets are allowed in the cabins.
For reservations in either the campground or one of the cabins called 1-800-447-2757
In the mid-19th century when the copper mining industry had developed in the U.P. a canal was dug along a Native American Indian portage route, completing the Keweenaw Waterway, which cuts through the entire peninsula. McLain State Park is located on Lake Superior at the north entry of this Keweenaw Waterway. This 417 acre park is located north along M-203 about 12 miles from Houghton between Calumet and Hancock. In the park you will find picnicking, hiking and bicycles trails, two miles of sand beach, playground equipment, and a boat ramp. If you have a Michigan fishing license you may fish from the seawall. If you are lucky, and know what you are looking for, you may find agates along the beach.
The second picture shows a map of the park.
There are a variety of other hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, public and privately operated cabin rentals, and campgrounds throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula. Contact the Keweenaw Tourism Council,
800-338-7982 for information.
While the house we lived in looks like a real dive, it is a billion times better than the original place selected for the out-of-towners by a fraternity guy who was working with us. As it turns out, our standards were very different
We were all disappointed that we couldn't take the 1970s era blue couch with us. Alas, it had to stay with the house (on the top of Champion Street) as it was furnished with the house and not aquired by one of us.
Missing from the photo is the ever-powerful "Staff of 21" given to Steve for his birthday. The staff (ok, it was really a piece of driftwood we found on the shore of lake Superior while having a bonfire) was rumered to possess powers that allowed the bequeathed entry into "real manhood". Steve was so enamored with the Staff of 21, he took it home with him, through the entire drive from Michigan to his home in New York via Canada. It is unknown whether Steve still is in posession of the Staff, or if he has passed it down to some deserving young boy in need.
Well, when I lived in Houghton, this was pretty much the only choice.
Why two little towns need two Best Westerns, I really don't know, but it seems as if the Best Western has the corner on the hotel industry in the area.
Camping in Houghton. There are multiple places to set up your RV, tent, etc. near Houghton. There is a cool campground in Hancock which is my families personal favorite.
The campground is close to hancock/houghton city's and it is really private sites for families to hang out and have fun. There is alot of trees. the bathrooms/showers are always clean and not too far from the sites, and it is close to the beach!
oh, I don't think it is expensive, but I've never paid (ask my mom... :)
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