Copper Harbor Travel Guide

  • Fort Wilkins Historic State Park
    Fort Wilkins Historic State Park
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    Copper Harbor Lighthouse
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    Copper Harbor One Room Schoolhouse
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Copper Harbor Highlights

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    KimberlyAnn says…

     A beautiful view of Lake Superior , history, and that great German restaurant. 

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    sophiebeans says…

     Can be a little touristy during the summer months 

  • In a nutshell
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    Tamilynn_1972 says…

     Pristine, untouched, secluded, beautiful, relaxing, a place worth the time it takes to get there. 

Copper Harbor Things to Do

  • A Boat Ride and a Lighthouse

    The Copper Harbor Lighthouse has marked the entrance to this harbor since 1849. This was one of the first lighthouses authorized by Congress to be constructed on Lake Superior after the discovery of copper put new demands on Lake Superior shipping. Government light keepers and their families staffed this light well into the 20th century. Today you...

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  • Hike to the Shore of Lake Superior

    From the Copper Harbor Marina take the short hiking trail that comes off of the parking lot there. It is a pleasant walk that will take you along Hunter’s Point to the shores of Lake Superior and to the rocky, Agate Beach. Hunter’s Point can be found in the west end of the harbor, creating a natural barrier against the storms of Lake Superior. The...

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  • Enjoy A Kayak Trip or Lesson

    Rent your own sea kayaks to explore the scenic waters in Copper Harbor or the shores of Lake Superior either on your own or with one of the Keweenaw Adventure Company’s tours. You can even take a sea kayak tour if you have no experience at all in a Kayak. If you take the Porter’s Island Paddle you will have a two and a half hour introduction to sea...

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  • Sit Back and Enjoy Being On the Water

    While in Copper Harbor, enjoy Lake Superior with a sunset cruise aboard the Isle Royale Queen IV. The Isle Royal Queen operates their evening cruise July 4th to Labor Day, departing at 8:30 p.m. The skipper and narrator are long time residents of Copper Harbor and will tell you about the Great Lakes shipping, local history, and ecology. So sit...

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  • Lighthouse Trip

    An I do mean trip. The Lighthouse can be reached by private roads. All of which are closed to the public. But the trip across the harbor brings so many more things with it that it is worth the cost. The boat captain provides information about Copper Harbor, the lake and the events of the area. As you approach the lighthouse, you feel the isolation...

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  • Brockaway Mountain Drive

    Don't wait for another day. When you have nice weather, sunny skies, take the ride. Brockaway Mountain is a pleasant half day trip from Copper Harbor to Eagle Harbor or back. You'll have breathtaking view of Copper Harbor and the surrounding wilderness of the Upper Peninsula. For more pictures, see my Brockaway Mountain Travelogue.

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Copper Harbor Hotels

Copper Harbor Restaurants

  • Great German and American Food

    We really love the Harbor Haus Restaurant on Lake Superior in Copper Harbor and always eat here if we anchor in the harbor after a cruise across Lake Superior, as well as when we drive up for the day. If you arrive by your own boat, the restaurant possesses a dock for your dingy or shallow draft boat. From the Harbor Haus you have a fine view of...

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  • My Favorite Pancake Breakfast

    The Tamarack Inn, a reasonably priced restaurant, is where I go for breakfast if I am not in the mood for the traditional egg breakfast. Open from May through October, then from December through March, this restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.Their breakfast menu includes eggs, pancakes, French toast, fritter French toast, hash brown...

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  • American Style Breakfast or Lunch

    Since the Harbor Haus no longer serves breakfast, we had to look else where for a morning meal out. There are two restaurants in Copper Harbor that serve a presentable breakfast. The Pines is reasonably priced, and will serve you traditional morning fare such as eggs, omelets, hash browns, sausage, bacon, ham, bagels, pancakes, and French toast. If...

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Copper Harbor Transportation

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    by KimberlyAnn Written Dec 8, 2002

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    Northwest Air Link provides daily flights to the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) (800-225-2525). Car rentals are available at the airport. See my third “Off the Beaten Path” for transportation if you plan to visit Isle Royal National Park.

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Copper Harbor Shopping

  • Stay away from Swedes

    Absolutely awful! Started coming to Copper Harbor 10 years ago. All shop owners are wonderful except Swedes! My friend and i were just in the store after being highly insulted by the owners about 4 years ago. Went in again to find the same dirty, dusty junk they've had for the 10 plus years I've been visiting CH. Decided to breeze through for...

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  • Awesome Store!

    This shop is unique. I was especially impressed with the scrimshaw on datolite. It is a level of scrimshaw I have not seen equaled from Maryland to Michigan. And I'm a collector. All kinds of collectible minerals and agates from the affordable to pieces I can only dream of owning. The proprietor Jim Billings is extremely knowledgeable in the...

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  • Do Not Shop Here

    Do Not Shop at this store. The owner A. Billings is extremely rude. I went in their hoping to purchase an item, but he was extremely rude to my family member and then to me when I pointed out nicely how rude he was. He charges 1,650 for rocks he etches into and doesn't understand why people do not purchase what I could do in an art class. While...

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Copper Harbor Local Customs

  • August Brings Art In the Park

    Every summer on the 3rd weekend in August, Copper Harbor sponsors a two day Art in the Park show and sale. During this two-day show you will enjoy live music, homemade baked goods, and various lunch items such as brats and hot dogs. Often there are as many as 60 booths or more set up by artisans who have come from throughout the Midwest to sell...

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  • A Common Expression

    A common expression you will hear in the U.P. Copper Country is “eh?” which follows many questions and statements. This expression is similar to asking for agreement. ---- The U.P. would be a great place to visit, eh? Say ya to da U.P., eh? I was surprised, the first time we sailed to Ontario, Canada, to find that they also say eh? there also.A...

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  • Ice Cream YUM!

    If you love ice cream, you just have to have some Jilbert. Jilbert is an Upper Peninsula dairy that takes pride in using cream and milk from cows that are not given hormones to increase milk production. They also use the freshest cream possible, giving the ice cream a fresh, clean taste. You will only find this ice cream in the Upper Peninsula,...

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Copper Harbor Warnings and Dangers

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    Beware of the Cold Lake Superior Waters

    by KimberlyAnn Written Dec 8, 2002

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    There are black bears in the woods of the U.P., so be aware of their presence. Lake Superior has very cold-water temperatures, and can have violent storms, so if boating on Superior keep a watch on the weather reports. Swimming in Lake Superior is not desirable as the water temperature is very cold all year, although people do swim in protected bays, which are warmer in the summer. Mosquitoes and black flies can be numerous in both the U.P. and on Isle Royal. Although they vary in numbers from year to year, I would recommend that you always come prepared with insect repellent. If visiting Isle Royal be aware that the trails are rocky and can be wet and slippery. Proper footwear should be worn when hiking. Also all surface drinking water in Isle Royal must be boiled for at least 5 minutes or filtered with a .4-micron filter before consumption. Tapeworm eggs may exist in the water and no chemical purification will kill these. Note that Isle Royal can be a popular area for backpackers, and you will have to register for campsites.

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Copper Harbor Tourist Traps

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    by KimberlyAnn Written Dec 8, 2002

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    As I have said in all my other U.P. pages, the copper products that you see in local gift shops are not created from native copper. All our copper is deep under ground, and modern day open pit mining is less expensive than the deep mining techniques of the U.P. The copper bust of the “Copper Country” is now only part of our rich history.

    Fun Alternatives: Visit a rock shop and purchase a piece of natural float copper.

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Copper Harbor What to Pack

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    by KimberlyAnn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan on skin diving be sure that you have proper full body wetsuits. The weather can be chilly or rainy, as well as beautiful and bright, so come prepared for these possible conditions.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget to bring or be prepared to purchase that insect dope. Some people joke that the mosquito is the state bird in the U.P.

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Copper Harbor Off The Beaten Path

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    Isle Royal National Park is a U.S. Biosphere Reserve, as well as the largest island in Lake Superior. The main island is about 45 miles long and 8 and a half miles across at it widest point, and is 99% wilderness. The thick, varied growth of vegetation, dense growths of spruce and balsam fir, and a rugged, craggy coastline creates the park's...

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  • So You Want To Visit Isle Royal National...

    So you would like to visit Isle Royal National Park and need more information. I was hoping to build pages on this, however, although this is a U.S. National Park, it is not available on the Virtual Tourist Map. To help you out I have built two travelogues on my Copper Harbor pages to give you information that may be of value to you. Here you will...

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  • Museum at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

    Drive 17 and a half miles along highway 26 to the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse museum. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse was built in1871, and as well as a museum, it is also one of the most photographed spots in the Keweenaw. This historic museum complex is the maritime history museum for the entire Keweenaw area. 21 light keepers maintained and operated this...

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Copper Harbor Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking and Kayaking

    Using your own bike, or renting one from Keweenaw Adventure Company, ride some of the scenic trails in the area, or just ride around town. Keweenaw Adventure will rent you mountain bikes, comfort bikes, or kids bikes for 2 hours, half day, or full day. You may purchase maps and find out about trail information for adventuring out on your own, or...

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  • Golfing and Other Sports

    In and near Copper you can enjoy golf, boating, hiking, fishing, swimming if the harbor is warm enough, snorkeling and diving (with wet suit), snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. For golfing you will need transportation to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, which is one mile south of Copper Harbor on highway 1. This golf course is a 9-hole Bent grass...

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  • For Lots of Helpful Information

    Located along highway 41 in the main section of Copper Harbor you will see the Visitor Center building. This is a good place to stop in if this is your first time in Copper Harbor. You will find a small exhibit, and many information pamphlets you may take for free. The individual working in the center will be glad to any questions you have that...

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  • Try To Do These Activities

    Visit Fort Wilkins and take the lighthouse tour. If you like shopping, stroll around town and look in some of the gift shops that catch your fancy. Laying at anchor and enjoying a beautiful deep pink Copper Harbor sunset that painted the water as well as the deck of the boat pink. Visiting the fort and lighthouse museum, eating and eating and...

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