This page only touches the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to things to do in the Keweenaw. If you have any additional ideas for pages or things to add, please feel free to let me know; I want to help get the word out on Upper Michigan's beauty for all to see!
Introduction to the Keweenaw
The Keweenaw Ignites with color every autumn.
Located in the far north of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Keweenaw Peninsula is a true natural gem. Known widely for its large amount of annual snowfall, the area is home to many beautiful waterfalls, pristine beaches along the greatest lake on earth, deep forests, many other natural landmarks and has miles and miles of trails just waiting to be tread upon. Kayaking and canoeing are popular in the area, and if you know where you are going there are some very good climbing spots to be had. There are things to do in any season in the Keweenaw; the summers are warm and green, autumn brings explosions of color across the area and winter provides plenty of snow for playing in.
Your starting point for any Keweenaw adventure is Houghton, MI. A beautiful town of about 7,000 located directly on US Highway 41, Houghton shares the only bridge that crosses into the Keweenaw Peninsula proper. Here are some mileages from major cities to Houghton.
Minneapolis: 368 miles:
Chicago: 415 miles
Detroit: 554 miles
Here are some mileages from Houghton to other places in the UP
Marquette: 99 miles
Sault Ste. Marie: 263 miles
Munising: 142 miles
Iron Mountain: 113 miles
Ontonagon: 51 miles
Ironwood: 109 miles
Escanaba: 149 miles
St. Ignace: 261 miles
And finally, to places in the Keweenaw:
Calumet: 12 miles
Lake Linden: 11 miles
McLain State Park: 12 miles
Eagle Harbor: 36 miles
Copper Harbor: 46 miles
Lac La Belle: 40 miles
From Houghton, nothing in the Keweenaw is more than about an hour's drive away.
The Keweenaw Peninsula is the main launching point for visitors to Isle Royale National Park. Ferries leave from both Houghton (where the park is headquartered) and Copper Harbor. Please see Isle Royale's Summitpost page
for more information.
(photos courtesy Arthur Digbee, dwhike and hikeman76)
The Keweenaw enjoys the privelege of having numerous beautiful waterfalls. HERE
is information on how to get to the ones I have personally been to. If you have any falls to add, or more information to add to mine, please feel free to let me know!
The backbone of the Keweenaw is the Keweenaw Fault. This ancient rift that once nearly split the continent in half is now much tamer than in times past, but its ruggedness and splendor have lost little. What time has left in its place is a nearly unbroken chain of summits that begins west of here in the Porcupine Mountains
and continues on in the Trap Hills
and straight through the Keweenaw to the tip. These hills, bluffs and summits rise magnificently from the heavy northern forests to offer sweeping views of the surrounding landscape as well as Lake Superior. Among these are Mt. Baldy
, Brockway Mountain (page coming as soon as I get more info), Mt. Houghton, the Cliffs
, Bare Bluff
, Mt. Horace Greeley and several others. Most of these mountains have relatively simple hikes to the top and offer outstanding views well worth the effort to make it to the top. A good topographic map (or access to a computer) can assure you many different hikes on each of them--if you can get there in your car in the first place!
Mount Houghton (prominent hill; left) and Bare Bluff (rock outcrop; right), Northern Keweenaw County, March 2009
**PLEASE CHECK BACK, AS I WILL UPDATE INFORMATION ON THESE PLACES AS I GET ENOUGH INFO TO DO SO. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING**
The Cliff RangeThe Cliffs
are located in the northern part of the Keweenaw. An exposed chunk of billion-year-old basalt along the above-mentioned Keweenaw fault, they rise out of the ground forming the peninsula's backbone and attract hikers and climbers alike from all around. HERE
is a link to more information.
Looking east and south from the top of Obsession.
Ice Climbing in the Keweenaw
I know that people do ice climb on certain waterfalls during the winter months. The only place I know of for certain is Hungarian Falls, but I do not have any information beyond the fact that people do it. The people you want to contact regarding ice climbing, or rock climbing in summer, are the MTU Ridge Roamers
If you have any information on ice climbing in the Keweenaw PLEASE LET ME KNOW!! I would like to dedicate a page to it, but lack the information/pictures.
LinksDown Wind Sports
(stores in Houghton and Marquette; a good resource for places to go)
Waterfalls of the UP
(look in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties)
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau
Isle Royale National Park
Keweenaw National Historical Park
City of Houghton