"Kimberlyann's Copper Harbor Pages" Copper Harbor by KimberlyAnn

Copper Harbor Travel Guide: 60 reviews and 149 photos

We visit Copper Harbor at least once each summer.

Copper Harbor is a small tourist community located at the tip of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (the U.P). The Upper Peninsula, approximately fifty miles long and fifteen miles wide, juts into Lake Superior, lying at the northernmost tip of Michigan, and located north of Wisconsin. Copper Harbor is a little over an hours drive from Houghton, where we live in the summer, and is an interesting area. We visit the small village of Copper Harbor at least once a year, sometimes by car, and other times after sailing across Lake Superior on our return trip from Canada. This is Michigan's northernmost community, and is popular with summer vacationers as well as locals. This small town offers a variety of gift shops, a great view of Lake Superior, the possibility of boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking, a fort and light house to visit, as well as restaurants and overnight lodging.


Sometimes we arrive in Copper Harbor by car, other times we arrive by boat. Here we are sailing along on Impulse, well actually motoring. But where are we? Oh, "Auto", our trusty autohelm is doing the steering and we are briefly down below. Some friends who were motoring along side of us in their sailboat took the photo. Where is that wind when you need it?

When you enter and leave the harbor, either in your own boat, or on the Isle Royal Queen, you will pass by this buoy. It is my favorite buoy in the Keweenaw area. This is a bell buoy, and when there are waves it rocks, ringing its bells and giving you a musical welcome or send off.

For a view of the Copper Harbor light house, and to hear this wonderful bell buoy, check out My Favorite Buoy video.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A beautiful view of Lake Superior , history, and that great German restaurant.
  • Cons:Those darn mosquitoes and biting flies.
  • In a nutshell:Copper Harbor is a tourist town that even residents from the UP enjoy visiting.
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    We are going to Cedarville and Mackinac in 10 days, and from reading your tips, wish more time could be spent to get the here. Good job of presenting the area.

  • Jul 18, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    The woman who works at this store is EXTREMELY RUDE! She actually made my little 6 year old daughter cry. NO CLASS!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    What a great group of pages. Loved the travelogue, light house, restaurant, mine tour, and outstanding photographs. Superior.

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2006 at 3:39 PM

    Anne, What a wonderful boat, page, text and pics. Yes, Chiquita is different than my parrot Ralph, who is carved from wood and doesn't eat or mess the boat, and never a squawk in rough seas, lol. U have a gr8 life! Doug

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2005 at 8:34 AM

    Retirement should be so difficult for all of us:-)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2004 at 1:39 PM

    Everything you ever wanted to know about the place and were afraid to ask! All that and good pictures too.

  • Apr 23, 2004 at 11:06 PM

    These pages are so entertaining and well-photographed that I'm afraid I might spend the whole night reading'em (and I'm supposed to go climbing-in-the-storm early today...). Your pages are addictive, Kim.

  • Sep 2, 2003 at 5:44 PM

    You're lucky to be able to "gunkhole" around that part of the country...how NEAT!

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2003 at 5:43 PM

    Copper Harbor is a GEM! Nice page. (Harbor Haus is a favorite of mine, too!)

  • Imbi's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2003 at 9:05 PM

    Harbor Haus Bed and Breakfast must be expensive. such an ideal place to have relaxing time. great page

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