Houghton Travel Guide

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Houghton Highlights

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    KimberlyAnn says…

     If you enjoy history or the outdoors, there is plenty to keep you busy here. 

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    va8eha says…

     Sadly, long winters -- and mosquitos 

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     At least give it a try! 

Houghton Things to Do

  • Tours of the Quincy Smelter, Upper...

    There are about 20 turn of the century buildings that sit quietly along the lakeside in Houghton. You can't help but be drawn to this patch of land that time seemingly forgot. It's prominace along the shoreline whispers of a story to tell. We can attest to this magnetic urge to rummage through those old buildings looking for their hidden secrets,...

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  • A Small Hike, But Many Environments

    If you enjoy hiking, there is a lovely 1.4 mile hiking trail a few miles east of Chassell. Drive east from Houghton and through Chassell. A few miles outside of Chassell you will see a sign on your left for the Sturgeon Sloughs Wildlife Area and a lookout platform. From here you can take the pleasant, short walk that will lead you through a...

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  • Walk or Bike the Houghton Waterfront...

    The Houghton Waterfront Trail is a paved path, with a boardwalk section that is wheel chair friendly and runs along the Keweenaw Waterway, sometimes called the Portage Shipping Canal. This walk is about 1.4 miles one-way, and is an easy, level stroll. You can begin this walk from either end, but I will describe it from the west end, which begins at...

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Houghton Restaurants

  • A Restaurant With a View

    The North Shore Grill & Pub is located seven floors up at the top of the Best Western Inn, with many of the tables offering a wonderful view of the Keweenaw Waterway. There are also banquet and meeting rooms if you wish to plan a special event. The restaurant has the most gourmet offerings in the area, and serves a variety of different dishes,...

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  • Finnish Restaurant/American Food?

    Suomi is interesting for several reasons. First, the building was built in 1869 and is very attractive. This is also the #1 rated restaurant in town. I warn you though, the smell of the bread may make you overeat. The name of the restaurant is Finnish, as are the words at the top of each category of food, but the items on the menu are mostly...

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  • A Taste From Various Countries

    Victoria’s Kitchen, is open for breakfast and lunch. The prices are very reasonable, and the varied menu will offer you items from America, as well as Greek and Lebanese. The breakfast menu is served all day, and you will find many different types of omelets such as Lebanese, Fiesta, Greek, Fruity surprise, Garden, Western, and six others. You will...

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Houghton Nightlife

  • Good For What Ales You

    A recent addition to Houghton has greatly increased the availability of good fresh beer in this town. The Keewenaw Brewing Company has been in operation for a few years, and is already winning friends and converts to their interesting and tasty brews all over the great Northwoods.Note that their operation in central Houghton is a true...

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  • Entertainment Complex of the North

    If you're looking for a night of variety, the Rock House is the place for you. You can bowl, challenge your date to an arcade game, sing karaoke, or grab a bite to eat. The prices are reasonable and the menu is pretty standard fare- pizza, burgers, etc. Casual

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  • Live Music and Other Events

    Visit the Houghton Waterfront Park, where you may find concerts, annual festivals, or other events on summer days and evenings. The photo is of Waterfront Park, which is a popular hangout for locals as well as tourists in the warm months. The Rozsa Center located on the Michigan Technological University Campus has a variety of events throughout the...

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Houghton Transportation

  • By Air, by Car, and Out of the Way by...

    Northwest Air Link provides daily flights to the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) (800-225-2525). Car rentals are available at the airport. If you plan to visit Isle Royal National Park, an Off the Beaten Path wilderness island, this is only accessible by boat or seaplane, both which can be taken out of Houghton. The Ranger III is the...

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  • Flying in/out of Houghton: Warning!

    Be sure to check you luggage for tears and holes when using the Houghton branch of Northwest Airlines. I have personally seen them haphazzardly tossing luggages from the plane to a service cart. I didn't think much of it, but when I picked up my suitcase, there were two separate slices. I was quite displeased, but they did eventually pay for...

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  • If are flying in: the airport...

    If are flying in: the airport is located in Hancock(airport code CMX), MI( about 10 minutes from down-town Houghton. If you are driving make sure that you have good winter tires and that you drive slowly in the winter! The slush and snow has a tendency to pull unsuspecting drivers into the ditch!Although there is A (note the singular A) City of...

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Houghton Shopping

  • A Downtown Sporting Goods Store

    Down Wind Sports is a small, U.P. shop that carries a variety of sporting accessories including snowshoes, snowboards, skis, kayaks, tents, camping gear, mountain bikes, and clothing. This is also a place where you can have your bike tuned. Down Wind Sports also sponsors events and clinics throughout the year. Check with the store to see what...

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  • An International Food Market

    World Store is an International Food market that was started in 2005, and serves the many foreign students and professors who attend Michigan Technological University, as well as locals who enjoy Asian and Indian cuisine. Here you can find fresh produce, frozen items, and many canned, bottled, and package imported foods that you can purchase and...

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  • A Variety of Items For The Tourist or...

    Although not a large shop, the Surplus Outlet has crammed a lot of items into it. They carry a selection of clothing such as Carhartt and Columbia Sportswear, camping supplies, souvenirs such as Upper Michigan t-shirts and sweatshirts, work boots and other footwear, socks, hats and caps, Leatherman tools, and other items. They also have an online...

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Houghton Local Customs

  • Say Ya to Da U.P, Eh?

    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 the U.P., eh?The pasty is a traditional food here. Brought to the Copper Country by Cornish miners, this combination;...

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  • Strawberry Festival

    The nearby community of Chassell has celebrated their annual Strawberry Festival for over 55 years. Usually held the second weekend of July this two-day event, which runs Friday and Saturday, includes a variety of activities. Generally Friday includes the traditional strawberry shortcake, as well as the sales of such foods as brats, hot dogs, ice...

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Houghton Warnings and Dangers

  • Stay Safe, Stay Comfortable

    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...

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  • Bambi

    When driving at night, keep an eye out for deer. They're everywhere. :) Even if it's dark, you should be able to see their eyes shining in the dark. And no, they don't only cross at 'Deer Crossing' signs. :) You can really do damage to your car if you hit one.

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  • If visiting for Winter...

    If visiting for Winter Carnival, first, be wary of road conditions. It can get pretty nasty. Second, if you would like to stop and take a closer look at the statues along the highway (US-41) do us all a favor. Find a parking lot, park, and WALK. We locals are sick to death of gawkers on the road - besides, after driving all the way up, your legs...

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Houghton Tourist Traps

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    by KimberlyAnn Written Nov 24, 2002

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    (This is the same as my Calumet and Copper Harbor 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. I am not saying that you shouldn’t purchase these items, but I just do not want you to do so believing you are buying products made from local copper.

    Fun Alternatives: Purchase pieces of copper, such as float copper, in its natural mineral form. Purchase photographs and crafts made by local artists.

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Houghton What to Pack

  • Be Prepared With----

    Bring a raincoat and a medium to warm jacket a well as your summer clothing, you never can tell what might be needed. If you are going to Isle Royal, purchase all your needs before leaving the mainland, as there is only one tiny general store in the national park at Rock Harbor. This depends on where you go, and what your purpose of photography...

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  • Changing seasons

    October through May -- expect snow, bring a WARM jacket. Unless you're as crazy as my friends say I am, don't expect to jump into Lake Superior without a struggle unless it's August or September. Bring a camera, as scenic photo opportunities abound! Bug spray is a necessity during the summer months. The bugs may be small, but they can bite!...

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  • Packing List

    Bring a jacket, even in the summer... it is COLD in the U.P. When I got back to Baton Rouge, my Mom laughed at me when I told her to wait while I got my jacket as we were headed out the door. It was August.

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Houghton Off The Beaten Path

  • Hanka Homestead

    The Hanka Homestead, largely unaltered since the early 1900s, preserves the self-reliant Finnish pioneer. This farm has been restored and operates as a museum run by volunteers. The farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the Keweenaw National Park cooperating sites. This museum is open June through August noon to...

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  • A Self Guided Tour Underground

    Visit the Delaware Copper Mine located 12 miles south of Copper Harbor, and 38 miles north of Houghton on U.S. 41. This is an authentic copper mine dating back to 1847-1887. Eight million pounds of copper were removed from its five shafts that reached a depth of 1400 feet. This tour will take you down into the first level of shaft number 1, which...

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  • A Light House and a Harbor Town

    Drive to Copper Harbor, which is at the end of the peninsula. Here you will find a delightful little tourist town with a great view of Lake Superior. If you enjoy lighthouses be sure to stop at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (built in1871) on your way to Copper Harbor. This lighthouse museum is one of the most photographed spots in the Keweenaw. This...

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Houghton Sports & Outdoors

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    Fisherman On a Foggy Portage Lake Morning

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Jan 1, 2009

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    Houghton and other areas in the U.P. are known for a variety of winter sports. With its long winters, generally heavy snow, and skii hills, Nordic Skiing, Cross Country sking, snowshoeing, and snowmobile riding, give both locals and visitors activities to keep them busy during the cold winter months.

    here are a number of trails available in the Upper Peninsula for a variety of uses. Cross-country skiing can be found at Ft. Wilkins State Park, McLain State Park, and Porcupine Mountains. Cross-country ski trails are also available at Swedetown Ski Trails near Calumet.
    There are also hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails running through the Keweenaw.

    In the summer a number of these trails and rural roads provide an opportunity for biking and hiking.

    The warmer months also provide opportunities for boating and fishing. You will find a number of boat ramps available in Houghton, Hancock, and Chassell Michigan. Bring your own boat, or rent a kayak at Down Wind sports in Houghton.

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Houghton Favorites

  • Nature and History

    You must visit the Quincy Mining Company across the bridge in Hancock, take the drive to Copper Harbor, and visit Calumet. Pick up information on the many things to do and see at the Chamber of Commerce located at 902 College Avenue in Houghton. For additional information on the Keweenaw Peninsula see www.kewtrav.comTIP: To prevent or reduce...

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  • The Portage Lift Bridge

    The Portage Lift Bridge is the only bridge that crosses the Keweenaw Waterway, which splits the Upper Peninsula in half. This lift bridge is located between Houghton and Hancock. The first bridge built in this location was built in 1875, and was constructed of wood. A steel bridge later replaced the wooden bridge. The bridge that you see today was...

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  • The Portage Lake Lift Bridge

    Houghton's most distinguished structure, IMHO, is the Lift Bridge that connects it with the town of Hancock and the Keweenaw Peninsula to the north.According to a highly reliable source (okay, it's Wikipedia), this is the heaviest and widest vertical lift bridge IN THE WORLD. How about them apples?There is a pedestrian path that allows for people...

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